Motherwell ended their pre-season programme with a stalemate away to Ladbrokes Championship side Dunfermline Athletic.
Stephen Robinson’s side gained another important 90 minutes, with 21 players getting playing time to further build their fitness levels ahead of the season opener against Edinburgh City in five days time.
Motherwell controlled the first half, testing Lee Robinson in the Dunfermline goal on occasion.
Andy Rose was first up to try his luck. In the first minute, his low drilled shot from 30 yards was well tipped away.
Curtis Main then followed suit soon after. Getting the break of the ball in the box, his effort was turned away by Robinson’s feet.
Plenty crossed were put into the box throughout the first half, but goal scoring opportunities were limited. Mark Gillespie in the away goal, for his part in the first 45 minutes, was untroubled.
The Steelmen kept up their pressure as the second half started. Carl McHugh had a chance from close range from an Elliott Frear corner, but his header dropped wide.
The Pars immediately responded with their first shot of the game. Alex Rodríguez was caught in possession in midfield and allowed the hosts to break, with Joe Thomson’s effort being deflected behind for a corner which came to nothing.
Motherwell continued to probe. Main was next up with a low drive which had Robinson scampering as it flew past the post, while the big forward turned creator when his near-post cross came within inches of finding the boot of Danny Johnson.
Johnson, who scored with an acrobatic volley away at Darlington on Sunday, would then try his luck again with a similar effort with 20 minutes remaining.
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair was again the provider, as he had been in England, but the striker couldn’t get the ball out of the air and his shot went over.
Having been largely quiet, Gillespie was needed shortly after. Dunfermline’s trialist forward found himself with room 15 yards out for a free shot, but the big goalkeeper spread himself brilliantly to block.
Motherwell: Gillespie; Tait (Grimshaw 75), Donnelly (Maguire 45), McHugh (Bigirimana 75), Dunne (Kipré 64), Frear (Taylor-Sinclair 64); Campbell (Hartley 64), Cadden (Rodríguez 45), Rose (Turnbull 64); Bowman (Johnson 45), Main (Scott 81).
Subs not used: Carson.