STRANRAER remain bottom of Scottish League One despite extending their unbeaten run to three matches.
The Blues were looking to build on two draws before the international break when Dumbarton made their first visit of the season to Stair Park.
However, it was goalkeepers and defences who finished up on top with both clubs celebrating their first league clean sheets of the campaign.
Stevie Farrell was able to welcome back Lee Hamilton, who had been missing for a number of weeks through injury but captain Jamie Hamill was missing through a calf problem.
That meant the armband was handed to Adam Cummins at the heart of the defence.
The visitors, featuring no fewer than four ex-Stranraer men in the starting line-up, started the game the stronger.
First, Adam Frizzell found space on the edge of the box and took aim, with Max Currie doing well to tip the fierce drive wide of goal for a corner.
Currie’s second save of the day was even better with former Blue Isaac Layne testing the number one with a sweet drive from inside the box, with a corner again the result.
Stranraer were starting to come more into the game though.
James Hilton was first to test Conor Brennan, another ex-Stair Park man, with Andy Stirling unable to pounce on the rebound.
Then, good link up play involving Hilton, Stirling and Scott Robertson saw the full-back nod a header wide from inside the box.
Creatively Stranraer were on the front foot, with Stirling and Jordan Allan whipping in teasing balls just after the half hour mark but there was no-one there to add the finishing touch.
Finally, in the last clear-cut chance of the first half, Robertson robbed yet another former Blue in PJ Crossan before finding Hilton.
The midfielder found a pocket of space but could not angle his drive beyond the reach of Brennan.
It was an evenly fought first half with Stranraer growing into the game but neither team could find a way past the goalkeeper.
Unfortunately that theme continued after the break with it looking increasingly likely that one goal would be enough to take all three points.
Both teams had chances with Cameron Elliott nodding wide at one end and Joe McKee calling Currie into action at the other.
Stirling, playing against his former side, was proving a nuisance and teed up Carlo Pignatiello.
The on-loan Livingston man could not quite find the room to generate the necessary power and Brennan managed to gather the ball at his near post.
Both sides made all three substitutions within the space of ten minutes as they attempted to find a breakthrough.
Farrell put on Leon Murphy, Ian Smith and David Dangana while Matthew Shiels, Ryan Tierney and Stefan McCluskey were summoned to make a difference for Dumbarton.
Alas it never came with Stranraer denied a penalty in the last minute when referee Steven Reid waved away appeals for a handball against Stuart Carswell.
Dumbarton then broke up the field but substitute McCluskey took too long to pull the trigger and Currie blocked the eventual shot.
So, Stranraer turn attention to Montrose next weekend with positives to take from a draw with Dumbarton.
If the team can find their shooting boots it could very well be four games unbeaten next Saturday.
Stranraer: Currie, Robertson, Allan, Cummins, Hamilton, McManus, Pignatiello, Thomson (I Smith 84), Stirling, Hilton (Murphy 74), Elliott (Dangana 77).
Not used: Stewart, Jones, D Smith and Burgess.
Dumbarton: Brennan, Quitongo, Langan (Tierney 76), Neill, Carswell, Hutton, McKee, Tumilty, Layne (McCluskey 76), Frizzell, Crossan (Shiels 83).
Not used: Crawford, Scullion, Zata and Pettigrew.
Referee: Steven Reid
Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish