3.3.12 Leamington 1 vs 1 Evesham United

Henry Eze’s 3rd goal in three games earned Evesham a deserved draw at play-off hopefuls Leamington in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division.  The point at the New Windmill Road was United’s first aginst the Brakes since December 2007 but only two points now seperates the Robins from the drop zone.

Gale force conditions made life difficult for both sides with Evesham having the elements in their favour in the first half.  Marcus Palmer had an early effort ruled offside and Craig Wilding directed Neil ManKenzie’s fre kick wide as Evesham made the most of the conditions.  Eze was off target from another Mackenzie set-piece but it was the hosts who took the lead against the run of play on 29 minutes.  Alex Taylor’s free-kick was only cleared as far as Liam Daly, who found the net from six yards.  Leading up to the goal Evesham manager Matt Clarke was sent to the stands after remonstrating with the officials.  United responded and were rewarded with an equaliser five minutes before half-time.  Former Evesham keeper Nathan Vaughan pushed Lewis Tasker’s pile-driver onto the crossbar and Eze following up rolled the loose ball into the bottom corner.  With the wind at their backs Leamington enjoyed the greater possession in the second half without seriously testing Daniel Platt in the United goal.  Sub Luke Corbett ballooned a couple of chances over ans Stephen Morley’s free-kick sailed harmlessley wide.   Craig connor went closest for Evesham before the end firing into the side netting before late pressure from Leamington failed to produce a winner.

Evesham: Platt, Wilson, Tasker, Daniel, Eze, Henry, Mackenzie (Male 89), Wilding, McPike, Palmer, Connor.

Subs not used: Keen, Quaynor, Winter.

Attendance: 434.