Evesham 51 Manor Park 5
Midlands Three West (South)
EVESHAM shrugged off the disappointments of recent weeks to return to winning ways in impressive fashion on Saturday.
Having received a walkover victory against Upton in mid-September, this was just Evesham’s second home contest of the league season and they were anticipating a tough game against the promoted visitors who had won four of their first six league fixtures.
On a very mild day, the conditions were generous for fast and expansive rugby.
With this in mind, Evesham looked to stretch the Nuneaton side’s large pack around the park.
Between half backs Dan Humpston and Mike Harris, this gameplan was perfectly executed and within 15 minutes both Sam Hopkins and James Roberts had crossed for tries.
From that point on Evesham only increased the tempo and, attacking with flair and precision, they continued to threaten the opposition defence.
Although Manor Park, through numerous short and tight forward play, managed to cross for a score of their own, Evesham ran in a further five tries as Hopkins completed his hat-trick and Andrew McGrann, Steve Hughes and captain Nathan Chambers also crossed the whitewash.
Afterwards, a happy Evesham skipper Chambers said: “This all round, confident display has demonstrated our potential and ability in the league.
“Moving forward the message is to approach each game with the same intensity and enthusiasm.
“The league is proving to be remarkably competitive and, in light of which, we are still aiming for the top spots come April.”
Mid-table Evesham return to league action at Old Coventrians on November 19 but before that visit Edwardians in round three of the Midlands Senior Vase on Saturday.