EVESHAM will be relieved to be back on home soil when they host Pinley on Saturday having suffered a fourth successive defeat on the road.
The Avonsiders have endured a gruelling run of away fixtures – partly due to flooding at Blind Lane – which culminated in Saturday’s 34-7 loss at Rugby outfit Old Laurentians.
The Vale side have dropped to ninth as a result of the defeats – all against sides in the top five – but are seven points above the bottom two and will be looking to move further clear of danger this weekend.
Depleted Evesham were stretched from the start at OLs but the second team players who stepped up put in a combative performance to stay in touch for the first 70 minutes.
The home side led 10-0 at the interval and then extended their lead but a breakaway try for Evesham’s Jack Jeffery, converted by Mike Diston, gave the visitors a glimmer of hope at 17-7.
However, the now fifth-placed Old Laurentians cut loose in the last ten minutes to score three tries as they secured a bonus point.