EVESHAM United remain in the Southern League Division One South play-off places heading into Saturday’s crucial home game against relegation-battling Fleet Town.
The Robins sit fifth – occupying the final play-off place – after Saturday’s hard-fought 1-1 draw at Street.
However, with only eight games remaining, Evesham know nothing less than three points will be satisfactory this weekend against their Hampshire visitors who have won just five league games this season and sit second-bottom of the table.
Paul Collicutt’s Evesham are two points above sixth-placed Winchester City but the latter have two games in hand.
United took a 32nd-minute lead at the weekend through Will Tunnicliff, but crucially missed a great chance to double their advantage just before the break when Kane Simpson was denied by home keeper Liam Kingston when one-on-one.
Having found it difficult to assert their authority in the first half, United were far superior in the second but Simpson missed another great chance on 50 minutes when he fired across the face of goal and against the foot of the post.
The hosts made Evesham pay on the hour mark when Oscar Lewis cleverly back-heeled the ball into the net and, despite continued periods of pressure, Evesham could not find a winner as they dropped what could prove to be crucial points.
Evesham, whose players and supporters marked the passing of chairman Jim Cockerton’s wife Jenny with a minute’s silence at Street, will be able to welcome defender Shayne Anson back into their ranks against Fleet.