Abingdon Utd 1 vs 0 Evesham United
Evesham suffered defeat for the first time in the Evo-Stik South & West going down by a solitary goal at lowly Abingdon United. It was a dismal showing by the Robins who missed a second half penalty and then had substitute Roland Agbor sent off in stoppage time.
Evesham did start brightly and had the ball in the net only for Luke Corbett’s header to be disallowed for offside despite looking well onside. The rest of the half provided little entertainment for the sparse crowd but within three minutes of the re-start the U’s scored the game’s only goal. Luke Carnell got on the end of Ben Whitehead’s free-kick to plant a header inside the far post. For all their possession Evesham lacked creativity and an end product in the final third, but with 18 minutes to go were handed a golden opportunity to get something out of the game.
Marcus Palmer had his heels clipped in the box by Damien Crudup who was subsequently sent-off, but Leigh Downing’s poor spot-kick was easily saved by debutant keeper Rob Durrant. The home stopper prevented Palmer from equalising with a fine reflex save and then to cap an afternoon to forget for the Robins, Agbor became the second player to be dismissed when he was shown a straight red for dangerous playing injury-time.
Evesham United: Coleman, Wilson, Hyde, Eze, Robinson, Warmer, Downing, Mackenzie (Hicks 60), Corbett (Osborne 85), Tulloch (Agbor 60), Palmer
Subs not used: Connor, Williams
Referee: A. Moody