6th Dec, 2016

Stalemate leaves Robins frustrated

Liam Moakes 15th Sep, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM United remain unbeaten on home soil in Southern League Division One South & West this season but had to settle for a 0-0 draw against lowly visitors AFC Totton on Saturday.

United, who had debutant Leroy Odiero sent off 15 minutes from time, dominated possession but sadly lacked a cutting edge in front of goal which enabled the Hampshire side to escape with an unlikely point.

Boss Paul Collicutt shuffled the pack after United’s dismal FA Cup defeat at Barwell, making five changes to the starting line-up as he gave Odiero his first appearance after signing on a dual registration from Gloucester City.

United set the tone from the start as Lance Smith, Odiero and Sam Pearson all tested Stags goalkeeper Steve Mowthorpe early on.

A bursting run by Paul Fahy ended with Pearson firing wide and then Lorcan Sheehan hooked a shot over before Odiero had the ball in the net, but his effort was disallowed for a foul on Mowthorpe.

In a rare Totton attack, Kevin Sawyer got down well to save from Dan Munday but in the closing stages of the first half Fahy was guilty of a glaring miss at the back post when he blazed wide from only two yards out.

It was more of the same after half time as United did all the pressing but were unable to make the vital breakthrough.

Pearson directed an overhead kick into the arms of Mowthorpe and the hardworking Fahy shot over and glanced a header wide.

Robins keeper Sawyer was called upon to make a decent save from Nick Watts but any momentum United had was checked by the sending off of Odiero in the 75th minute with his second yellow card for a soft challenge on Liam Hibberd.

The dismissal prompted Totton to come out of their shell and in injury time the United fans breathed a sigh of relief when Nathan Sherborne broke away and smacked a shot against a post before having the danger cleared by the United defence.

In the end the spoils were shared, leaving United languishing in 13th place and 12 points adrift of leaders Hereford.

United visit bottom side Bridgwater Town on Saturday.