19th Sep, 2020

Robins respond in the perfect fashion

Liam Moakes 22nd Feb, 2018

EVESHAM United climbed back into the Southern League West play-off places thanks to a comfortable 3-0 home victory over lowly Slimbridge on Wednesday.

The Robins had dropped to seventh as a result of Saturday’s disappointing 3-0 defeat at fellow promotion hopefuls Didcot Town but recovered impressively to jump into fifth place in midweek.

Another key game now awaits on Saturday when Paul Collicutt’s side play host to third-placed Bristol Manor Farm, who are level on points with United but have two games in hand.

Carl Brown put Evesham ahead against Slimbridge when his cross-shot found the net from an acute angle before the hosts’ Archie Haskayne saw his effort cleared off the line shortly prior to the break.

It was 2-0 moments into the second half though when Adam Mann bent a 20-yard free kick into the top right corner and the outcome was put beyond doubt midway through the second period when Matt Liddiard made no mistake from the penalty spot following a foul on Jordan Bryan.

It was a different story at the weekend against much stronger opposition despite a strong start by United.

In the opening quarter of an hour, Haskayne, Brown and Andy Lewis all had efforts at goal and Will Wellon, Mann and Bryan had opportunities saved.

Liddiard’s header was stopped on the line with a big suspicion of handball and Evesham reached the break feeling aggrieved they were not ahead.

However, Didcot were much-improved in the second half and within a minute of the restart Felipe Barcelos capitalised on the ball being given away in midfield before converting to put Didcot ahead and it was 2-0 on 51 minutes when George Jeacock headed home from a corne.

Evesham rallied and Joe Turley came close to reducing their arrears before Ollie Thomas’ crisp strike made it 3-0 and left the visitors with no way back.

The crowd of 192 was Didcot’s biggest of the season, helped by an estimated 80 supporters from Evesham.

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