NEW signings Greg Peel and Matthew Liddiard scored the all-important goals to fire Evesham United to Worcestershire Senior Cup glory with a 2-1 victory over Kidderminster Harriers in Tuesday’s final at the Jubilee Stadium.
United, who last won the trophy in 2008/09, emerged worthy winners as they produced a performance which bodes well for their Southern League West campaign, which begins with a trip to Larkhall Athletic on August 12.
Robins boss Paul Collicutt was delighted with his side’s efforts against their National League North opponents.
“It was just the display I was looking for and I’m pleased to get some silverware in the trophy cabinet before the nitty gritty starts next month,” said the manager.
“I’m not going to get carried away because it’s not three points on the board, but we looked decent and have some quality players at the club.
“It was a good team performance and an entertaining game with both sides looking to get the ball down and play football.
“It’s been a while since the club won the Worcestershire Senior Cup and it was encouraging to see a healthy crowd who witnessed a good game of football.”
United looked bright and breezy from the start and caused the visiting defence a number of problems, but failed to find the net before half time.
That all changed on 52 minutes when giant striker Peel collected a loose ball on the edge of the box and drilled home a first-time shot into the bottom corner.
Harriers responded and levelled in the 64th minute through defender Josh Webb, who reacted quickest to score after United keeper Sam Gilder had made a fine stop to keep out Andre Brown’s deflected drive.
The winning goal arrived three minutes later courtesy of the impressive Liddiard who superbly headed home skipper Adam Mann’s pinpoint delivery from the left.
United went close to adding a third when the hardworking Jordan Bryan crashed a shot against the woodwork.