STRUGGLING Eastern put on a fine defensive performance last night to hold Golden to a scoreless draw at Mongkok Stadium and deny their opponents a chance to move into joint top spot in the Hong Kong First Division. Golden stay third in the table, behind South China on goal difference. They both have 14 points - two behind leaders Instant-Dict. Golden's first chance to take the lead came in the 43rd minute when Dutch central defender Marlon Van Der Sander's diving header was pushed away for a corner by Eastern goalkeeper Iain Hesford after striker Lee Bullen's attempt had hit the crossbar. They had another chance in the final minutes but Bullen's header, from left winger Lo Kai-wah's cross, was easily handled by Hesford. Golden president Simon Wan Chi-lok said the pressure of needing to win to move level with Instant-Dict had affected his players. 'Our players were very nervous tonight because we really needed to win,' said Wan. 'But I have to say the Eastern defenders have put on a great performance.' Despite the fact that newly-acquired Brazilian central defender Jose Pedro Diniz had done a promising job, Eastern will also be taking a look at former Luton defender Tim Allpress who arrives today. Meanwhile, Happy Valley are chasing a $150,000 bonus when they face title hopefuls South China tonight at the Hong Kong Stadium. Valley are hoping to defeat the Caroliners after their stunning 11-1 victory over Club last week. Valley are looking to follow uo their 11-1 thrashing of Club last week with a defeat of South China, who may be without striker Au Wai-lun, who is still recovering from a spinal injury.