10.3.12 Evesham United 1 vs 1 St. Albans City

Skipper Wayne Daniel’s first half goal ensured Evesham a deserved draw and extended their unbeaten run to four games in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division. Play off hopefuls St. Albans arrived unbeaten on their travels since December but were fortunate to leave St. George’s Lane with a share of the spoils after being outplayed for most of the game.

Indeed, the Saints equaliser was their only effort on goal all afternoon. The opening exchanges were even with play confined to midfield, that was until 26 minutes on the clock when United made the breakthrough. Marcus Palmer was instrumental in forcing a corner on the right and from Lewis Tasker’s resulting corner kick Daniel got a header that crossed the line despite a brave effort from Narada Bernard to clear. Soon after, Josh Quaynor may have increased Evesham’s lead but fired into the arms of Saints keeper Nick Jupp when well placed.

The second half followed a similar pattern with Evesham continuing to press and looking the more likely to score. Ben Pugh rounded Jupp only for James Gray to deny the United striker wuth a last ditch block and then Henry Eze was inches away after a neat one-two with Craig Wilding. But out of the blue play switched to the opposite end resulting in St Albans equaliser, Danny Hart’s corner from the left picked out the onrushing Cedric Ngakam who plnted an unstoppable header past Dan Platt into the roof of the net. Back came Evesham and in stoppage time Eze wasted a oppportunity to clinch the win blazing over Jack winters cross from inside the six yard box.

Evesham: Platt, Winter, Tasker, Daniel, Eze, Henry, Ardallany, Wilding, Pugh (Male 68), Palmer(McPike 58), Quaynor (Mackenzie 60)

Subs not used: Wilson, Bartlam.

Attendance: 154.