AFTER going eight matches without a victory, Evesham United were celebrating two in succession on Saturday after coming from behind to defeat Barnstaple Town 3-1.
The visitors, roared on by an impressive 100-strong travelling support in Devon, were able to celebrate a key win which lifted them back into the play-off places and was the perfect way to follow the previous midweek’s success at Winchester City.
The fourth-placed Robins will now look to make it three Southern League Division One South wins in succession when they host bottom six side Paulton Rovers at the Jubilee Stadium on Saturday.
Barnstaple went into the weekend’s encounter in the drop zone but on the back of three victories in a row and the hosts were on course to make it four when Stephen Reed’s superb 25-yard free kick put them ahead on 41 minutes via the underside of the bar.
However, United were level before the break when Kye Simpson was on hand to net low into the bottom corner from the edge of the box on the rebound after home keeper Rob Holmes had saved smartly from Steve Davies.
It was a satisfactory end to a first half which began disappointingly for Evesham when winger Adam Page had to be substituted within five minutes due to injury and replaced by Cory Simpson.
United’s Davies tested Holmes midway through the first half before at the other end Andy Hannah made smart stops to thwart both Tallan Mitchell and Steve Holland.
With the score 1-1 at the start of the second half, the hosts made a bright start to the second period and Harry Stevens shot narrowly wide before Hannah did well under pressure to gather Reed’s driven ball into the box.
Evesham rallied and Tyrone Tucker-Dixon saw his 20-yard shot tipped around the post by Holmes but substitute Tucker-Dixon was not to be denied and put the visitors 2-1 up on 76 minutes when he fired underneath Holmes after being set up by Jacob Davidge.
The hosts tried to claw their way back into the match but did not seriously trouble Hannah and the outcome was put beyond doubt in the second minute of stoppage time when United midfielder Archie Haskayne thumped the ball into the net from 25 yards.