Robins are ticking over nicely - The Evesham Observer

Robins are ticking over nicely

Evesham Editorial 18th Jan, 2018 Updated: 18th Jan, 2018   0

EVESHAM United sit handily in fourth place after a thrilling 3-3 draw against fellow Southern League West play-off hopefuls Swindon Supermarine on Wednesday.

Fresh from Saturday’s hard fought 1-0 home win over Paulton Rovers, the Robins shared the spoils against a Swindon side who sit four places and two points below United with a game in hand after an entertaining affair in appalling conditions at the Jubilee Stadium.

Evesham, who have taken 14 points from their past six matches, will aim to continue their momentum at home to Slimbridge on Saturday before visiting Cinderford Town on Tuesday.

Swindon took a 17th-minute lead when Josh Parsons completed a flowing move but Adam Mann toe-poked home from an acute angle to level on the half hour mark following Mark Francis’ neat through ball.

The hosts took a 2-1 lead shortly before the break and Francis was again influential as his cross was headed towards goal by Lewis Binns before being deflected into the net by Marine’s Kieran Diaz-Benitez.

It was 2-2 moments later though when former United man Bradley Gray arrowed a strike into the bottom corner.

Evesham made a bright start to the second half and Matt Liddiard headed wide from Mann’s superb cross before Mann made it 3-2 on 55 minutes as he capitalised on defensive uncertainty.

However, the visitors were not done and Parsons’ 20-yard free kick restored parity midway through the second period and, despite now playing with the advantage of the strong wind at their backs, the hosts could not score again and saw Will Wellon dismissed after picking up a second yellow card close to full time.

On Saturday, Liddiard had continued his red-hot form in front of goal when he netted the only goal against Bristol outfit Paulton Rovers.

Liddiard bagged his fifth goal in as many games on 19 minutes when he neatly converted Lewis Powell’s clever lay-off.

The home side were always more likely to score but, despite the best efforts of Powell, Carl Brown and Mann, there were no further goals. Rovers’ Liam Monelle received his second yellow card of the afternoon – the latter for simulation – in the 90th minute.

Defender Andy Lewis, 26, has impressed in both matches for the Robins since his arrival from Cinderford Town, whilst fellow defender Wellon is back in the ranks after returning from a year-long spell at North Leigh.

On the outgoing front, Nick Rhodes has left United for another spell at Cinderford Town after an injury-hit first half to this season.

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