EVESHAM United resume their title challenge at home to Thatcham Town on Sunday bidding to put a disappointing week behind them.
The Robins were thrashed 5-1 by Southern League Division One South counterparts Moneyfields in the FA Trophy extra preliminary round at the Jubilee on Sunday before suffering more cup disappointment on Wednesday when Premier Division visitors Stourbridge prevailed 3-2 in the League Challenge Cup first round.
The cup exits have taken United’s losing streak to three games in all competitions but the performance against higher-ranked Stourbridge was highly encouraging and spirits remain high among the third-placed Evesham squad who are just two points adrift of leaders Yate Town.
On Sunday, Hampshire outfit Moneyfields ran riot as goals from Dan Wooden (2), Felipe Barcelos, Dan Woodward and Lewis Fennemore put Paul Collicutt’s side to the sword before Joe Turley netted a late consolation for after Will Wellon had been sent off.
Evesham were a different animal in midweek and were extremely unfortunate to exit the League Cup against the Glassboys.
Darryl Westlake gave the visitors an 18th-minute lead when he capped a jinking run with a neat finish inside the box but the Evesham response was impressive and three times James Campbell came close to levelling before the break.
Marley Thomas finally drew the hosts level with a superb curling finish on the hour, only for the visitors to restore their advantage three minutes later when Jake Evans netted following a corner.
Stourbridge then somehow escaped when Joe Tumelty struck the underside of the bar from 20 yards before Niall Maher made a brilliant save to deny Thomas on the follow-up.
Incredibly, within moments, it became 3-1 to the visitors with 74 minutes played when Westlake broke and found Luke Benbow who slid to convert at the near post.
However, three minutes later Tyrone Tucker-Dixon cut the hosts’ arrears when he showed great tenacity to ride two challenges before firing home inside the near post but, despite plenty of late pressure, the home side could not find an equaliser.