Evesham United 7 Bashley 0
Southern League Division One South & West
EVESHAM blew away the challenge of rock-bottom Bashley on Tuesday to move into the top six and continue their impressive pursuit of a play-off place.
The Robins have now won four matches in succession and have been beaten just twice in the last 20 league games but, unfortunately for them, still have their work cut out to finish in the top five despite tallying 60 points from 33 matches.
Paul Collicutt’s side were not helped by midweek victories for Taunton Town and Swindon Supermarine and, with just nine matches remaining, know victory against ninth placed Tiverton Town at the Jubilee Stadium on Saturday is pretty much a necessity.
It was a one-sided affair against a young Bashley side who have not won a league game all season.
United keeper Kevin Sawyer missed the game through illness and his place was taken by former Mangotsfield United stopper Conor Thompson, who did not have a shot to save all night.
United were on the attack from the start but had to wait 16 minutes before finally making the breakthrough and it was captain Matt Sysum who found the net as he coolly beat Joe Prodoma from ten yards to take his tally for the season to a highly impressive 11 from central defence.
It was not long before it became 2-0 courtesy of leading scorer Adam Mann who volleyed in from close range after a good run along the right by the turbo-charged Jacob Sloggett.
Prodoma somehow kept out a Nick Stanley volley but was beaten for a third time on 33 minutes when Ashley Williams powered home a header from Sean Wood’s corner kick for his second goal in two games.
The first half scoring was completed three minutes later when a driven effort from Mann curled beyond Prodoma into the bottom corner.
Further chances fell United’s way at the start of the second half before Prodoma was beaten for a fifth time by Stanley’s expert strike from the edge of the box.
Williams sent an audacious lob inches over from just inside the Bashley half and Lance Smith dragged his shot wide after racing clear as United kept up the pressure.
There was an element of luck about goal number six in the 77th minute when Jared Wilson’s corner deceived everyone and crept in at the back post.
Smith squandered several more opportunities before finally getting on the scoresheet in the last minute when he latched on to Wilson’s weighted pass and fired under the advancing Prodoma to complete the rout.
Boss Collicutt said: “I went into the Bashley dressing room after the game and told them they were all a credit to the club and wished them all the best.
“To travel all this way from Hampshire in midweek shows their dedication and I sincerely hope they win a game before the end of the season.
“It was a job done by us, we did what we had to do and it’s another three points and a clean sheet. You can only beat what’s in front of you and we did just that.”