EVESHAM United were downed, but had plenty to be encouraged by, following Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat by Cheltenham Town at the Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium.
Taking on the League One new boys on home soil, Neil Hunt’s side were beaten by a Liam Sercombe penalty, an Adam Mace own goal and a Felix Miles strike, as Cheltenham ran out victors in the battle of the Robins.
It took Town just two minutes to go in front, courtesy of Sercombe’s spot kick, a moment which seemed to spur on the hosts as Mace went close with a drive from distance.
But while the midfielder performed heroics to deny Timmy Abraham with a well-timed block, he then felt the dismay of causing his side to go further behind – the result of a back-pass that deceived goalkeeper Lewis Clayton.
Cheltenham then went into another gear in search of a third, as Chris Clements’ audacious attempt travelled wide of the mark, while Toby Hollands planted a strike past the post.
The scoring was eventually completed when the visitors’ Lewis Freestone charged down the left flank and picked out Miles to calmly slot home from the edge of the penalty area.
On Saturday, Evesham play host to National League North side Kidderminster Harriers.