TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets were frustrated after playing out to a goal-less draw with TN Stars at Kasungu Stadium.
The two teams met twice in a space of two weeks in which Bullets thrashed their opponents 6–0 in the first round.
But Stars did their homework well and successfully collected a valuable point at their own backyard.
The result means Bullets have collected four points from two matches after beating Blue Eagles 1–0 at Nankhaka Ground on Saturday.
Following the draw, Bullets trail leaders Silver Strikers by five points but the Area 47-based club has played a game less.
Silver lead the log table with 38 points from 16 matches whereas Bullets are still second with 33 points from 17 matches.
In a post-match interview, Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa admitted it was a tough match.
“It was difficult playing the same team within few days. They did their homework well. We wanted to reduce the gap and we will still fight,” the Zimbabwean tactician said.
Stars Coach Joseph Malizani was pleased with the performance of the players.
“It was like a cup final. I am happy with my players because they executed the game-plan well,” Malizani said.
Bullets will face Ekwendeni Hammers at Kamuzu Stadium this weekend whereas Silver travel to Kasungu to meet Stars.
Elsewhere, Hammers moved up to third position after beating Mzuzu Warriors 1-0 courtesy of Brian Phiri’s goal.
Ekwendeni have 26 points above fourth-placed Civil Service United, on goal-difference, who drew 1-1 against Moyale Barracks on Saturday.
Mighty Tigers claimed a vital 2-0 victory over Red Lions at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.
Kondwani Chilembwe and Precious Chipungu were on target for Tigers, who have moved from bottom to position 14 with 14 points from 16 matches.
Ntopwa returned to their Blantyre base empty handed after a 3-1 loss to Karonga United at Karonga Ground just a day after losing 2-0 to Chitipa United.
Crispin Mhagaga, Thoko Harrison and Hygiene Mwandepeka scored for the hosts whereas Mphatso Magaleta netted the consolation for Ntopwa.