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Evesham Editorial 10th Jan, 2019

EVESHAM United make the trip to Bristol to face relegation-threatened Mangotsfield United on Saturday looking to bounce back after seeing their five-match unbeaten run brought to an end.

The Robins had scored 17 goals in winning four of their previous five games before seeing their fine run of form halted in a 3-1 home defeat to mid-table Bideford on Saturday.

United were below-par against the Devon side and boss Paul Collicutt admitted he should have shuffled his pack following the gruelling festive schedule.

However, despite the setback, Evesham head to the GJC Commercials Stadium occupying the final Southern League Division One South play-off place and are by no means out of the automatic promotion picture.

Bideford had slightly the better of some scrappy opening exchanges at the Jubilee on Saturday and it took until the 15th minute for the hosts to threaten when Kane Simpson twisted and turned in the box but he was eventually crowded out and had to settle for a corner for his efforts.

Bideford stepped up their efforts and produced some decent spells of pressure in the remainder of the first half but they did not make the most of their opportunities and were punished on 42 minutes when Nick Hancock’s pass found Kye Simpson who fired home from a very narrow angle.

Bideford were not to be denied though and were level two minutes into the second half when Ryan Turner’s cross-shot evaded the impressive Andy Hannah in the Evesham goal.

Ben Carter then fired over for the visitors but they were 2-1 up on 59 minutes when Billy Tucker found himself unmarked in the box and slotted the ball past the keeper and into an empty net.

Evesham were simply not at the races although they did have an opportunity to level with 20 minutes remaining when Ashley Williams played an excellent ball to Cory Simpson but the latter’s brother Kane could not convert his cross from four yards out.

Bideford completed the scoring in the 74th minute when Joel Randall converted Sean Downing’s pass.

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