EVESHAM United head into Sunday’s exciting FA Cup first qualifying round tie at home to Dorchester Town buoyed by another profitable week in Southern League Division One South.
Carl Abbott’s side built on Sunday’s gritty 2-1 win at Sholing with a dramatic 1-1 draw at leaders Frome Town on Tuesday as the Somerset side saw their 100 per cent record ended in their fifth game.
Eighth-placed Evesham now have eight points from five matches and are beginning to look a more settled side, especially given this week’s news that attacking midfielder Lee Chilton has agreed terms and a contract to remain at the Jubilee Stadium for the remainder of the season.
Another huge boost to the club is the signing of forward Paul Sullivan – the former Chasetown and Hednesford Town striker – whose arrival is a big coup.
An entertaining first half ensued in the ‘Battle of the Robins’ in midweek but the only first half chance of real note came the way of Frome’s Dan Cottle whose powerful shot was pushed wide by United keeper Lochie Robertson.
The sides continued to be evenly matched in the second half but Evesham looked to be returning empty-handed after Jon Davies’ 20-yard strike put Frome ahead on 84 minutes.
However, just moments after the restart Jordon Sangha had other ideas as he latched on to a loose ball 25 yards from goal before teeing himself up to volley right-footed into the bottom-right corner.
On Sunday, a dominant United took the lead on the half hour when Taylor Morrison ran from halfway and exchanged a one-two before firing home inside the near post.
Shortly before half-time the match took a decisive turn when Sholing’s Dan Mason powered a shot against the post before moments later it was 2-0 after Alex Sawyer’s clumsy tackle allowed Chilton to step up and send Declan McCarthy the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Sholing piled on some late pressure and Evesham remained a threat on the counter-attack but there was no further scoring until two minutes into stoppage time when TJ Cuthbertson’s deflected free-kick nestled into the opposite corner it was intended for, but Evesham hung on for three vital points.
Subject to any FA Cup replay, the Robins will host Daventry Town in the Southern League Challenge Cup on Wednesday. Evesham return to league action a week on Saturday at home to Winchester City.