EVESHAM had to settle for a losing bonus point in their quest to stay clear of immediate danger in Midlands Two West (South) after they were beaten 27-20 at Silhillians on Saturday.
The Avonsiders are now just three points above both Spartans and second-bottom Earlsdon following the latter’s victory over relegation-haunted Southam, with nine matches remaining.
Evesham will see Saturday’s defeat against their Solihull opposition as a missed chance to climb the table, with Sils now two places and six points better off than the Vale side as a result.
Silhillians had the better of the first half, scoring two good tries, but were gifted a third through some sloppy Evesham play.
The visitors blew hot and cold all half, but fly-half Tom Williams kept his side in the game by kicking two penalties and converting his own try to leave Evesham trailing 24-13 at the break.
Evesham cut out the majority of their mistakes in the second half and dominated most aspects of play, particularly the scrum.
Zak Shotton crashed over and Williams added the extras to bring Evesham within four points, but a further score would not come and instead the home side slotted a long range penalty with a few minutes to go to clinch victory.
Evesham host Earlsdon in what is now a crucial fixture on Saturday (2.15pm).