EVESHAM United were unable to halt their slump in form as they suffered a 2-1 home reverse to Thatcham Town which made it four successive defeats in all competitions.
Despite the setback, the third-placed Robins are still just two points behind top spot heading into Saturday’s home match against Highworth Town who, in seventh, are three points behind United with a game in hand.
The Wiltshire side will arrive at the Jubilee to face an Evesham side determined to bounce back from Sunday’s below-par display in their latest Southern League Division One South encounter.
Both sides began the match full of intent but it was the newly-promoted and FA Vase holders Thatcham who looked the more likely to score in the opening period.
However, it was the home side who, despite being outmuscled for long periods, grabbed the lead on the stroke of half-time when Sean Brain picked up the ball on the halfway line before cutting inside and beating two defenders and the Thatcham keeper at his near post to score his first home league for Evesham in fine fashion.
Despite continuing to be second best, United almost doubled their lead on the hour mark when Brain fed Tyrone Tucker -Dixon whose shot went just wide.
The match deservedly swung the visitors’ way midway through the second half though with two goals in as many minutes.
Lewis Gabbidon finished neatly on 69 minutes before James Clark thundered a fine 30-yard strike into the net a minute later.
In truth, the hosts did not deserve anything from a match in which they were guilty of too many misplaced passes and were short of their usual urgency.
The hosts were further hampered by the dismissal of debutant substitute striker Kye Simpson – older brother of Evesham’s Cory – who was shown red for an alleged stamp.
Will Tunnicliff had a late chance to grab a deserved leveller for United, but blazed his strike over the bar.