September 25th, 2016

Rampant Robins go goal crazy

Updated: 9:12 am, May 07, 2015

EVESHAM United put their home troubles behind them in spectacular fashion as they scored ten goals in two games without reply to move up to 11th place in Southern League Division One South & West.

Saturday’s 5-0 drubbing of Swindon Supermarine was followed by another victory by the same scoreline against Clevedon Town on Tuesday as the Robins – previously without a win in four home league games this season – found their Jubilee Stadium shooting boots in fine style.

Tuesday’s triumph was the third time this season Paul Collicutt’s men have scored five goals as they extended their unbeaten league and cup run to seven matches.

Lance Smith opened his account with a well taken hat-trick, while strike partner Ashley Edenborough netted twice to go to six goals for the campaign.

Edenborough continued his rich vein of form by firing the Robins ahead on 11 minutes with a glorious strike from just outside the box and the lead was doubled five minutes later when a good run by Elliot Kennedy ended with Smith stroking in via an upright past Seasiders keeper Kane Mannings.

It became 3-0 just past the half hour mark when Edenborough latched on to Smith’s flick-on and beat Mannings with another excellent finsh into the top corner.

With the three points already in the bag, United took their foot off the gas in the second half, but still went on to create a hatful of chances.

Smith glanced a couple of headers wide and then Mannings had to be alert to keep out goalbound efforts from Smith, Edenborough and the stylish Kennedy.

At the other end, Kevin Sawyer was called into action with decent stops to deny Aaron Robbins and Kye Thomas, but two goals in the final stages made it another convincing scoreline for Collicutt’s side.

Smith bagged his second goal and United’s fourth two minutes from time with a splended shot past the diving Mannings and then completed an impressive evening’s work by shooting home on the turn after substitute Kevin Slack had created the opportunity 60 seconds into stoppage time.

EVESHAM bagged their first home league win of the season in convincing fashion on Saturday as they thumped nine-man Swindon Supermarine 5-0.

Robins keeper Sawyer passed a late fitness test but Linden Dovey, Will Wellon and Carl Brown all failed to make it because of illness and injury, handing youngster Liam Harding his first start of the season at the heart of the Evesham defence.

Despite the final scoreline, Swindon opened strongly, forcing a succession of corners and free kicks, but all came to nothing and it was United who broke the deadlock on 25 minutes through the impressive George Washbourne, who guided a drive beyond Sam Warrell into the bottom corner.

Swindon responded with Dan Martin and the dangerous Luke Hopper missing golden opportunities to pull the visitors level before United added a second two minutes before half time.

In attempting to clear Washbourne’s inswinging corner, keeper Warrell made a hash of his clearance and punched the ball into his own net.

Mark Flanagan cleared Smith’s header off the line at the start of the second half, only to be sent off moments later for collecting two yellow cards in quick succession.

Two goals in five minutes then put the game out of Swindon’s reach. Edenborough, playing against his former club, got on the end of Washbourne’s free kick at the back post to make it 3-0 and then good work by Edenborough down the left ended with substitute Harry Williams driving in low past the helpless Warrell.

Swindon’s miserable afternoon got worse five minutes from time when Joe Shepherd was sent off for a late challenge on dangerman Washbourne, reducing the visitors to nine men.

To rub salt into Swindon’s wounds, Evesham bagged a fifth goal in stoppage time when Cheltenham Town loanee Williams scored his second after coming on for the hardworking Smith with a close range header after Washbourne’s initial shot had bounced back off the Marine crossbar.

Evesham now turn their attentions to Saturday’s big FA Cup third qualifying round tie at home to Southern League Division One Central outfit Chalfont St Peter, in which victory would move the Robins to within one more win of a place in the first round proper and a possible draw against Football League opposition.

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