22nd Sep, 2020

Robins stay fourth after hard-fought draw

Evesham Editorial 14th Nov, 2019

EVESHAM United remain fourth in Southern League Division One South heading into Saturday’s visit to Bristol Manor Farm following last weekend’s 2-2 draw at home to Highworth Town.

The Robins played some enterprising football, particularly in the second half, and looked on course for victory when Kai Tonge put them 2-1 up with 20 minutes remaining, only for ex-Evesham midfielder Jacob Davidge to level from the penalty spot five minutes later.

Evesham, now ten points behind leaders Frome Town with three games in hand, struggled to get their passing game going in the opening period as the sodden conditions made flowing football tough but, to their credit, both sides tried to keep the ball on the ground.

Visiting keeper Connor Johns tipped over an early effort from Paul Sullivan before Highworth went close just before the half hour mark when Davidge found Edjidja Mbunga, only for the latter to fire his shot narrowly wide.

However, the visitors did take the lead three minutes later when a corner landed at the feet of Ryan Morgan who found the bottom corner of the net at the second attempt.

Mbunga then struck the post just before the break, but it was a different Evesham side which emerged after the interval and the hosts restored parity two minutes in when Lee Chilton converted a cross from the left.

Evesham sensed blood and Danny Bragoli rattled the visitors’ crossbar two minutes later. After half-chances came and went, United took the lead on 70 minutes when Tonge capitalised on a loose pass in midfield before surging down the right and arrowing a strike beyond keeper Johns.

Highworth made it 2-2 five minutes later when Davidge made no mistake from 12 yards after Brad Maslen-Jones was penalised for handball, before Evesham almost snatched victory in the 89th minute when defender Aaron Roberts hit the post from close range with a shot inside a crowded goalmouth.

The Robins’ Worcestershire Senior Cup quarter-final at home to Redditch United – originally schedule for this coming midweek – will now take place on Monday, November 25 due to the Reds’ involvement in an FA Trophy replay.

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