Play-off hopes hit by home setback - The Evesham Observer

Play-off hopes hit by home setback

Evesham Editorial 9th Jan, 2020   0

EVESHAM United’s second successive defeat has piled the pressure on the Robins ahead of Saturday’s vital visit to fellow play-off hopefuls Paulton Rovers.

United were below-par on Saturday as visitors Larkhall Athletic secured a 2-1 victory which lifted them above Evesham into fourth in Southern League Division One South.

It leaves Carl Abbott’s men sixth and outside the play-off places on goal difference having played three more matches than both Larkhall and fifth-placed Paulton.

Another defeat in this weekend will really leave the Robins with a difficult task to seal a top five finish as they bid to get into the play-offs and finally end their end-of-season shoot-out hoodoo.

Saturday’s match began well for the hosts as Harry Franklin went close before Paul Sullivan neatly rounded the visiting keeper to open the scoring in the 19th minute.

However, Larkhall began to get on top and despite resolute Evesham defending it was 1-1 three minutes before half-time when Lewis Powell swivelled before firing home from the edge of the box.

Larkhall struck the bar from long range shortly after the restart but they were ahead midway through the second half when Harry Pope converted a left-wing cross from 12 yards out.

Evesham battled on but found it hard to produce any flowing football and it was Larkhall who secured a deserved three points.

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