EVESHAM United head to Oxfordshire outfit Kidlington on Saturday – weather permitting – in buoyant mood after Carl Brown’s early goal gave them a crucial 1-0 victory over fellow Southern League West play-off hopefuls Bristol Manor Farm.
The midfielder’s eighth-minute strike was enough to separate the high-flying sides at the Jubilee Stadium on Saturday and leapfrog the Robins above their visitors into third place.
Paul Collicutt’s side are now five points above sixth-placed Wimborne Town, although the latter have two games in hand. With ten matches remaining, every point is crucial for United and they face another testing fixture at a Kidlington side who, despite sitting 12th, are only 12 points behind Evesham with four games in hand.
The decisive moment arrived when Archie Haskayne’s pinpoint pass found Brown whose shot had enough power to beat Ashley Clark in the visitors’ goal.
Solid at the back, Evesham also created decent openings at the other end, including midway through the first half when Brown made a good run into the Bristol box but was unable to find another Robin with his pass.
Adam Mann then fired just over the bar before Nick Hancock’s mazy run ended with another strike which rose over the bar.
However, the visitors showed why they sit where they do in the table as they remained well in the game and came close to equalising in the 37th minute, only for Matt Liddiard to head the ball to safety when Jamie Turner’s 25-yard strike seemed destined for the net.
Liddiard then went close at the other end on the stroke of half-time when he headed just over.
Clear chances were harder to come by in the second half and the only real one of note was Evesham’s, but Mann was denied by Clark when one-on-one with the keeper.
Meanwhile, Aysa Corrick has left Evesham United to join Larkhall Athletic. The striker, signed from Highworth Town in December, made one start and a seven substitute appearances without scoring for the Robins.