BUOYANT Evesham United moved into a Southern League Division One South & West play-off place with a convincing 3-0 win at Clevedon Town on Saturday.
This sixth successive league victory lifted the Robins into fifth place ahead of Boxing Day’s (3pm) clash at home to fellow high-flyers Stratford Town, who are currently third.
United keeper Kevin Sawyer kept another clean sheet at Clevedon and has been beaten just once during his side’s winning sequence.
Striker Adam Mann, whose loan period from Gloucester City has been extended for a further month, was again in action whilst latest signing Ollie Knowles was on the bench after joining from Paulton Rovers.
Evesham set their stall out from the start with a series of attacks that put the Clevedon defence under the cosh.
Mann forced Kane Mannings into an early save and then Ashley Edenborough wriggled clear on the edge of the box but fired straight at the Seasiders keeper, whilst a last-ditch challenge at the other end by Linden Dovey on Aaron Robbins denied the Town striker.
However, it was no surprise when Evesham drew first blood on 20 minutes when Sawyer’s punt was latched on to by Nick Stanley, who swept in a low drive past the diving Mannings into the far corner.
United’s second goal ten minutes later was down to a blunder by Mannings when he let Sean Wood’s corner slip through his grasp to present Stanley with a simple tap-in at the back post.
Before half time Mannings denied Stanley his hat-trick by holding a stinging shot that looked to be fizzing into the back of the net.
A third and final goal was not long in coming after the restart as George Washbourne’s driven cross on 55 minutes was met by Mann, who buried an unstoppable shot past Mannings.
Evesham were now in cruise control but still went in search of more goals. Chances that fell to Edenborough, Mann and Carl Brown were not converted but it mattered little as United strolled through the rest of the game to wrap up their first league double of the season.