EVESHAM’S relegation worries deepened as their poor run of form continued with a hugely frustrating 22-17 home defeat to Earlsdon on Saturday.
The Coventry side’s win moved them level on points with the ninth-placed Avonsiders and both sit just three above second-bottom Spartans with eight matches remaining.
Evesham simply cannot buy a victory at the moment and they will take little consolation from a losing bonus point having snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
As with the previous week at Silhillians, Evesham were inconsistent in the first half and conceded two tries and a penalty kick.
However, Jordy Izod touched down in the corner and Mike Diston made a tricky conversion to keep Evesham in the game with a 15-7 half-time deficit.
Again, as with their last encounter, the Vale side improved in the second half and they gradually took control of the match to score a try through Wilf Watson which Diston converted before slotting over a penalty to give his side a 17-15 lead with a few minutes to go.
Unfortunately though, with the win in sight, Evesham lost their composure and let Earlsdon back in to score a late converted try and take the spoils.
With their next five matches against teams in the top six, starting with the visit of leaders Stratford on Saturday (2.15pm), Evesham will need to up their game to pick up points.