United failed to repeat the performance that had seen them take all three points at high riding Berkhamsted the week before and had to settle for a share of the points with fellow mid-tablers Colney Heath at Second Meadow on Saturday.
A good-sized crowd had gathered to watch a resurgent United side, and previous matches between the two teams had produced some exciting encounters.
However, this one will be very easily forgotten as neither side had any real buzz or fizz about them.
As seems customary at their home ground, United started nervously and the visitors could have been two-up within the opening minutes but for two excellent saves from Grant Beckwith.
The remainder of the half saw little in the way of goalmouth action, and the supporters were glad to return to the warmth of the clubhouse.
The second half produced more and, when United’s Will Wright rose above the Magpies’ defenders to head home Sam Nair’s corner in the 61st minute, it was game on at last.
Jack Boyd could have added a second for the hosts in the 69th minute when he outpaced his marker, but he saw his strike turned around the upright by Magpies’ keeper Tom Blackman.
However, United were without a recognised midfield duo after James Chisholm was forced to retire at half-time due to a heavy cold, leaving Lee Bilcock to contend with the experienced Colney Heath trio of Josh Humbert, Jamie Eames and Josh Bronti.
And it was the latter who carved a path through an absent United midfield in the 74th minute to pull the visitors back in to the game.
The final 15 minutes saw neither side over commit and, although each had a couple of half chances to grab three points, the game petered out as both seemed to settle for a share of the spoils.
This Saturday, United travel to Tring Athletic, kick-off at 3pm.