Evesham Utd 1 vs 1 Merthyr Town – Match Report

Leigh Downing’s penalty with the last kick of the match ensured Evesham a share of the points against promoted Merthyr Town and extend the Robins unbeaten start to three games in the Evo-Stik South & West.  Matt Clarke’s side looked to be heading to their first league defeat when Jow Leahy fired the Martyrs ahead on 58 minutes with an unstoppable volley from Luke Jones’ corner.  Late pressure from United went unrewarded until the final move of the game.  Substitute Nathan Hicks got the better of Gary Colborne in the area only to be hauled to the ground by the Merthyr defender.  Downing kept his cool to tuck away the spot-kick before referee Mr Raskelly blew for time.

Wet and windy conditions made life difficult for both sides resulting in clearcut chances at both ends hard to come by.  The opening half was low on quality with neither side able to stamp their authority, although Jones did get behind the United defence only to shoot over and Jared Wilson made a crucial block on Leahy as Merthyr enjoyed a purple patch half-way through.  Leahy then struck just before the hour to leave United chasing the game.  With four minutes to go last man Andrew Thomas was sent-off for fouling Marcus Palmer after the United striker had got clean through and suddenly Evesham came to life.  Tom Warmer, Lee Osborne and Palmer all had efforts blocked before Downing took centre stage to keep United’s unbeaten start intact.

Evesham United: Coleman, Wilson, Hyde, Eze, Robinson (Williams 23), Warmer, Downing, MacKenzie (Osborne 62), Corbett (Hicks 62), Palmer, Tulloch

Subs not used: Connor, Rhodes

Referee: J. Raskelly (Eckington)

Attendance: 373