Collicutt salutes Robins after impressive away victory - The Evesham Observer

Collicutt salutes Robins after impressive away victory

Liam Moakes 19th Oct, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

MANAGER Paul Collicutt saluted his Evesham United side after they made it four league wins in succession with an impressive 3-1 victory at fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon Supermarine on Saturday.

The Robins sit sixth in the Southern League Division One South & West table – six points behind second placed Mangotsfield United with a game in hand but still ten adrift of leaders Hereford – heading into Saturday’s visit of Larkhall Athletic to the Jubilee Stadium.

United are then on the road on Wednesday when they make the trip to Slimbridge.

The Robins were in fine form at the Webbswood Stadium to beat fellow high-flyers Marine and Collicutt was delighted with what he saw.

“I don’t think anyone could argue with the result,” said Collicutt.

“We beat a very good team who hadn’t lost at home this season and the performance illustrated what a good squad of players we have at the club.

“To score three times away from home is very pleasing but arguably the best ‘goal’ of the game was Lance Smith’s header which was inexplicably disallowed!

“Nevertheless, it was a great win and the fans we took with us were terrific.”

United were soon into their stride and took the lead on just five minutes through defender Liam Harding, who met Lorcan Sheehan’s corner to dispatch a well directed header past home keeper Connor Johns into the top corner.

Swindon continued to be pegged back in their own half as United’s top scorer Smith went close with a glancing header and Sheehan and the lively Elliot Kennedy were just off target after some impressive build-up play on the flanks.

United’s neat passing football always posed a threat but out of the blue and in their first attack of the game the home side drew level in the 25th minute.

Pantomime villain Nick Stanley, playing against his hometown club, was adjudged to have caught the ankles of George Reid in the box and Brad Hooper stepped up to make no mistake from the resulting spot-kick.

However, play quickly returned to the other end and Smith found the net with a terrific header from Joe Turley’s free kick, but United’s celebrations were cut short when Smith was harshly penalised for an alleged push on Marine defender Zak Westlake. It is fair to say most spectators found this an embarrassing decision by referee James Durkin.

Kevin Sawyer was at full stretch to keep out Reid but it was more of the same in the second half and no surprise when United made it 2-1 ten minutes after the restart.

The impressive Smith burst into the Swindon box only to be pulled to the ground by debutant Jon Beeden and Smith got up to blast the ball home from the penalty spot for his eighth goal of the season.

Reid shot over for the hosts but a deserved Evesham victory was sealed with a third goal in the last minute courtesy of Adam Mann’s surging run before finding the onrushing Kennedy whose first-time shot fizzed into the roof of the net.

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