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Evesham closing in on safety despite defeat

Liam Moakes 31st Jan, 2018 Updated: 31st Jan, 2018

Evesham 6 Silhillians 12

Midlands Two West (South)

EVESHAM remain 14 points above the relegation zone with just eight matches now remaining despite seeing their impressive run of form ended by their visitors from Solihull on Saturday.

The Avonsiders went into the match on the back of three successive wins but they were not at the same level as in recent weeks and the defeat, albeit with a losing bonus point, dropped them a place to sixth.

Playing with the elements in their favour in the first half, Silhillians started brightly and pinned Evesham deep into their own half.

The home side struggled to effectively clear their lines and, with kicking from hand having little impact in the wind, Evesham were guilty of trying too hard to play their way out of trouble.

Despite showing admirable endeavour, Evesham forfeited possession and Sils pounced. On two occasions when Evesham were unable to escape their own half, the visitors crossed to register 12 unanswered points.

At half time Evesham reiterated they needed to apply the same pressure they had just experienced themselves but, due to mixture of mistakes, ill-discipline and inaccuracies, Evesham did not gather the required momentum.

The hosts did kick six points in return, but the clock got the better of them.

Evesham captain Nathan Chambers admitted: “Sils deserved their win, ultimately playing the wet and difficult conditions better on the day.”

Evesham visit Coventry side Barkers Butts – a place and two points below the Vale side – on Saturday.

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