The Northern Echo wrote:
West Auckland slipped four points behind leaders Sunderland RCA when they were held to a goalless draw by Marske United at Darlington Road last night.
West had the vast majority of the pressure and the chances, but couldn’t score. Marske keeper Graeme Willey pulled off two flying saves in the first half from West striker John Campbell, and in the second half Campbell hit the post with a delicate flick. Sub Mattie Moffat rounded the keeper, but his effort was cleared off the line. It was only the second time this season that West have failed to score in a league game.
West clearly had their minds on their big Vase game at Herne Bay on Saturday, and didn’t appear to suffer any injuries. Marske manager Paul Burton said: "I'm absolutely delighted, a great point against a very good side. I know we rode our luck at times but I felt the effort the players put in deserved something. To go there with only twelve players and grind out a result is a credit to the group of players we have. They have been unfairly criticised by our own supporters recently so I'm delighted for them."
West manager Peter Dixon said: "I thought some of the players looked lethargic, and very clearly had their minds on Saturday."