31.3.12 Evesham United 0 vs 0 Bedford Town

Evesham ended a run of four succcessive defeats with a hard fought goalless draw with mid-table Bedford Town.  The Robins lack of firepower, however, was evident once again with their fourth blank in four games.  Evesham went into the game with Callum Henry making his last appearance before his recall to Forest Green Rovers and Simon Fitter returning to take his place in midfield.  Roland Agbor was named on the bench for his second spell following his transfer from Redditch United.

Straight from the kick-off Bedford wasted an opportunity to take the lead when the division’s leading scorer Drew Roberts failed to add to his tally of 32 by firing wide with only keeper Dan Platt to beat.

Evesham enjoyed their best spell of the half midway through when Eagles stopper Ian Brown saved well low down from John Griffin and then the same player had his shot deflected wide following good work by Henry Eze.  Platt came to Evesham’s rescue leading up to the interval bravely denying Roberts with an excellent block.

Beford lost Brown early in the second half with an ankle injury to be replaced by centre-half Josh Beech between the sticks.  Opportunities dried up with play confined to midfield the best chance falling Bedford’s way in the final quarter.  The dangerous Roberts sidestepped a couple of challenges only to be denied by youngster Platt who saved bravely once again at the striker’s feet.  In stoppage time Roberts clashed with Eze and was shown a straight red for violent conduct, leaving United just five games to escape relegation.

Evesham: Platt, Wilson, Clarke, Eze, Daniel, Henry, Connor (Agbor 68), Fitter, Wilding, Griffin (McPike 83), Tasker. Subs not used: Ardallany, Mackenzie, Wood.

Attendance: 126.