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26th Jun, 2022

FOOTBALL - Evesham United twice surrender lead to draw with Sholing

EVESHAM United twice surrendered the lead to draw 2-2 with Sholing as the Robins were held to a third successive draw.

Adam Pepera and Brandon Smalley scored in either half to put Evesham in command only for the Robins to be peeged back twice at the Spiers and Hartwell Stadium.

The result means Evesham sit 14th in the Southern League Division One South table as they look to consolidate their mid-table position.

And the home side created the first meaningful chance of the game when Smalley went on a mazy run only to be denied by Sholing goalkeeper Ryan Gosney who made a save at full stretch low down to his right.

The visitors grew into the game with Fatah Makhloufi seeing his powerful shot turned around the post by Evesham keeper Isaac Parry before Bradley Targett blazed an effort high and wide.

However, it was the Robins who took the lead on 23 minutes when Pepera placed an unstoppable header into the net from Lorcan Sheehan’s excellent free-kick.

Sholing pulled level just six minutes later when the Robins failed to clear the ball out of their own penalty area and Owen Roundell was on hand to equalise.

And Evesham thought they had restored their lead in the second half when Mike Symons’s header from Joe Hunt’s cross looked destined for the goal only for Sholing stopper to pull off a sublime save.

The Robins eventually found a way through on 76 minutes when Smalley finished at the second attempt from Jordan Lymn’s pinpoint through ball.

However, Sholing equalised for a second time late on when Joshua Batt pounced on a loose ball before placing an effort past Parry in the Robins goal.

Evesham are next in action away at Barnstaple Town on Saturday, March 26 with kick-off at 3pm at Mill Road.

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