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Evesham’s cup campaign ended at the semi final stage suffering a 4-1 defeat against Claines Cobras.
It was a day where we were just not at our best, never really threatened the opposition and never got a grip of the game.
Trailing 2-0 at half time we needed to start the second half well and score an early goal but we ended up finding ourselves 3-0 down.
The consolation goal was scored by Harvey Pearce who scored a spectacular volley from 25 yards.
Evesham completed 2016 with a 8 – 1 victory ‘v’ Cradley Sports and completed the first league double of the season.
With only 12 players available for kick off, Evesham started slowly but created many chances and hit the bar and post in quick succession.
Finally, the breakthrough came when Toby Treverton released Antonio Pirelli to drive to the touchline before crossing a ball into the box which Luke Hulme controlled before firing the ball to goal which took a deflection on the way.
A neat passage of play created the 2nd goal of the game including Ben Robinson who found Reagan Martin in space who played a perfect ball to Jack Tustin who cheekily lobbed the keeper from only 6 yards out.
A long ball from Reagan then released Luke to run through unopposed to slide the ball past the keeper for his 2nd goal of the game and Reagan’s 10th assist of the season.
A lovely whipped in corner from Antonio saw the ball run loose to Reagan who struck a left footed shot in the net for his 15th goal of the season.
A very uncharacteristic mistake from Harry Emms let Cradley in to score their only goal of the game.
Despite this, Evesham scored again when Austin Spotswood worked hard to win the ball in the opposition box before laying the ball back to Antonio, who took a touch and fired the ball into the back of the net.
Reagan then scored his 2nd of the game with a jinking run into the box before sliding the ball past the keeper.
Jack Tustin then scored his 2nd goal of the game and 5th of the season with a powerful strike from 25 yards which gave the keeper no chance, thanks to a perfect lay off from Luke.
The scoring was completed with a perfect pass from Austin found Vito Pilade in space to control and fire home from within the box.
Man of the Match today goes to Jack Downie, who defended well and never played a mis-placed pass for the whole of the game.
A big thanks to Lee Treverton for helping out with Tom before the game, running the line and helping with the goals at the end of the game.
As mentioned earlier, that was our last game of 2016 but we will continue training up until Christmas.
Evesham reached the semi-final of the knockout cup with a convincing and fully deserved 12 – 0 victory against Cradley Sports.
With the luxury of playing on the main pitch, this suited our style of play more meaning we had more room to play, more space to pass the ball and allowed us to play our 3-5-2 formation perfectly.
Evesham took an early lead and control of the game when Reagan Martin played in Antonio Pirelli who fired a powerful left footed strike into the net.
Evesha…m quickly scored again when Jakub Rykaczewski calmly side footed in from another Harvey Pearce corner.
Jack Tustin then scored his 3rd goal of the season, following a neat lay off from Luke Hulme, with a spectacular effort from 25 – 30 yards which flew into the back of the net giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Reagan Martin then found himself free in the box to score into the corner of the net.
Ben Robinson scored his 1st of the game when he followed up a save from the goalkeeper after he had saved Antonio’s initial effort.
Antonio then turned goal scorer, rounded the keeper before sliding the ball into an empty net following a neat ball from Jack Tustin.
Ben scored his 2nd of the game and 4th of the season with a deflected effort.
Luke Hulme then scored a quick fire hat trick, the second with an assist from Antonio and the 3rd which flew into the top corner following a lovely passage of play involving many players including Rhys Bennett who provided the assist.
That took Luke’s tally to 30 goals in just 9 league and cup games.
Austin Spotswood scored what seems to be his trademark lobbed goal taking his tally to 5 for the season with the 3rd assist of the game from Antonio.
Antonio then turned a hat trick of assists into a hat trick of goals, following yet more neat build up play, with the assist from Reagan.
Obviously that were lots of pleasing points from today’s game, scoring plenty of goals, playing some lovely football but more pleasing was keeping a clean sheet and our 4th of the season, so well done to Tom and every player who contributed towards that today.
Today’s Man of the Match goes to Antonio Pirelli who completed a perfect double of 3 assists and 3 goals but was also a constant threat throughout the game, worked the channels well and was always available for one of his team mates.
Finally, thanks to both Lucio Pirelli and Lee Treverton for running the line and Happy Anniversary to both Lee & Sam….what better way to spend your day???
Evesham won the first of 3 consecutive games against Cradley Sports 7 – 1, to take all 3 league points and maintain the unbeaten run.
Evesham started slowly but took the lead with a neat piece of play between Jack Downie and Ben Robinson who released the ball to Luke Hulme to drive down the line before passing a perfect ball into the box for Antonio Pirelli to side foot home.
The 2nd soon followed from the penalty spot after Luke was fouled in the box before getting up to calmly place his spot kick past the opposition keeper.
Rhys Bennett then scored his 1st goal of the season and first for Evesham with a powerful left footed strike from the edge of the area.
Antonio then scored his 2nd and 15th goal of the season chipping over the advancing keeper after Luke had played a perfect through ball to record his 13th assist of the season.
Luke then scored his 2nd of the game with a simple finish assisted with a powerful run from Vito Pilade.
Unfortunately, Evesham then conceded before the half with what was a rare attack into the Evesham box.
Vito then turned goal scorer with his 6th goal of the season with a header from a perfectly weighted Rhys corner.
The scoring was completed when Antonio played a through ball to Austin Spotswood who chipped the keeper with a sublime left footed first time lob to score his 4th goal of the season.
Today’s Man of the Match goes to Rhys Bennett who played in a different position today, but was solid and reliable as he has been all season and deservedly scored his 1st goal for the club.
I think it was fair to say that we weren’t at our best today and we didn’t move the ball quick enough to stretch the opposition, but a win is a win to keep the momentum going.
Thank you to Lee Treverton and Gary Downie for help running the line today.
Also, a special thank you to Antonio who cancelled all his plans for today to help the team when it looked like we only had 11 players and Toby Treverton who spent all day in bed ill yesterday before getting up to hurl a mouthful of abuse to his Dad, Lee, after Lee had messaged me to say he wouldn’t be playing today.
Wow…….what a game!!!
Evesham’s unbeaten run continued, albeit not 100% anymore, to draw 2-2 with league title contenders Pershore Town. Evesham found themselves a goal down early in the first half but continued to work hard and continued to threaten the opposition goal. At half time, Evesham trailed 1-0 despite Ben Robinson striking the bar with his first touch after coming on as a substitute.
At half time, we spoke about being patient and to continue our belief in playing football and keeping the ball on the ground. The equaliser soon came and deservedly so, with a corner kick from Harvey Pearce that eluded everybody including the opposition keeper to see the ball hit the back of the net. Evesham then took the lead with another perfect corner from Harvey which saw Reagan Martin direct his header into the corner of the net. As the old saying goes ‘you’re at your most vulnerable when you’ve just scored’ and didn’t it come back to bite us as Pershore equalised with a wonder strike which flew into the top corner. Evesham pressed and pressed but could not find a winner.
Anyway, the main thing is we didn’t lose and this sets us up nicely for the remaining games of 2016 and into 2017 with the return leg against Pershore to come. Personally, I would just like to say how nice it is to see so many of you all at the game again, it is fantastic to see so many of you turn up week in, week out.
Also, thank you to Lui and Lee for running the line and Mike for providing poppy armbands to every player today in what was a well-respected minute silence before the game today.
Today’s game showed what a fantastic team spirit we have and the depth and strength of the squad, in what was our most difficult and challenging game to date. It was also nice for the opposition manager to comment that it was their hardest game of the season too, which included a cup win against top of Division 1 the previous week.
Man of the Match was a very, very difficult decision today and could have gone to a number of players, but just shading it today was Harry Emms who was solid at the back, won numerous headers and won numerous tackles.
The old chiche of ‘A game of 2 halves’ springs to mind today but thankfully the real Evesham Team turned up in the second half after a disastrous first half which saw Evesham only trail 1 – 0.
Despite the improvement Evesham conceded a second goal, which you could only stand back and admire as the lad scored a goal from nearly 25 yards which flew into the top corner giving Tom Stone no chance at all. It wasn’t long before Evesham reduced the deficit with a headed goal from Reagan Martin from another perfectly delivered Harvey Pearce corner. This seemed to spur the lads on and the belief was there that we could get something out of the game.
Evesham then equalised when Harvey Pearce lobbed the keeper from approx. 25 yards……he obviously could do something in my boots that I could only dream of doing!!! Having scored the equaliser, Evesham then pressed for a winner and the 3rd goal came after Antonio Pirelli and Austin Spotswood both pressed the opposition defence to force them into a mistake which saw the ball at Antonio’s feet as he coolly rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into an empty net.
The final goal of the game came from Antonio, who second time around, lobbed the keeper after a perfectly weighted lay off pass from Austin who had a much improved second half performance, which in fairness could have been said for every player today.
Personally, I believe this will do every player the world of good, with a spirited and battling second half performance and back to back victories against Division 1 sides.
A big thank you to Lee Treverton for helping out with Tom before the game and Gary Downie and Mike Spotswood for running the line and finally Phil Stone for getting in the Halloween spirit early……great mask Phil. Dare I say that our fitness showed towards the end of the game again or should I not mention the dreaded ‘f’ word in front of the lads???
Evesham defeated Mercian League Division 1 opposition Newtown Sports 4 – 1 in a friendly match today in Malvern. Evesham took the lead approx. 10 minutes into the first half when a lobbed pass from Reagan Martin found Antonio Pirelli who saw his powerful half volley fumbled into the net by the opposition keeper. Evesham quickly moved into a 2 – 0 lead when the ball fell to Reagan in the box who shot into the roof of the net after another perfect Harvey Pearce corner kick. A neat passage of play involving Antonio and Reagan saw Antonio lay a perfect pass to Reagan to run on to beat 2 players and slide the ball past the keeper for his 2nd of the game and Evesham’s third.
Depleted or not, Newtown applied alot of pressure in the second half, some of that was down to us as we stopped passing the ball, moving, working for each other but more disappointly standing off the opposition and letting them play.
Newtown’s only goal came from the penalty spot despite the best efforts of Tom Stone who went the right way but just couldn’t stop the ball going in. The final goal of the game started in our own half when Jack Tustin won a superb and brave header before the ball broke out wide for Ben Robinson to drive at the opposition with pace before passing to Luke who beat a number of players before finishing from a tight angle.
It was good to have more of a challenge today and for the lads to have a spell under pressure, yet still come away with a victory especially on a pitch that didn’t suit our style of play. It was also nice to have a text from the opposition coach when I got home who commented on “how well we played today” and what a “very organised side we are”.
Thanks again to everybody who came today and supported the team in numbers, it is appreciated.
Thanks also to Lui and Lee for helping with Tom and running the line.
Evesham returned from an 80 mile round trip with a 10 – 1 victory and all 3 points against a strong, physical and at times intimidating Tenbury United.
Evesham took the lead when Harvey Pearce crossed a delightful ball into the box which Reagan Martin headed towards goal only for the keeper to save but parry the ball back to Reagan to fire into the net. A strong powerful run from Jack Tustin created the 2nd goal of the game which saw Jack’s shot saved but again the keeper parried the ball straight to Antonio Pirelli to score his 1st of the game. Antonio scored a powerful half-volley for his 2nd of the game after a sublime lobbed pass from Jack Tustin. Luke Hulme scored his 1st of the game after a mazy run beating several players before sliding the ball past the keeper. Antonio then completed his hat-trick and 12th goal of the season with yet another assist from Jack Tustin who seemed to find perfect pass after perfect pass. Ben Robinson followed up his goal on the opening day of the season to score his 2nd of the season with a tap in after a perfect squared ball from Antonio. Evesham then conceded a goal despite the best efforts of Tom Stone who got a hand to the ball but couldn’t stop it from going in, this was harsh on the lads (Jack Downie, Jakub Rykaczewski, James McDonald, Harry Emms & Rhys Bennett, who had all remained strong and defended well throughout the game.
From a poor clearance by the opposition, the ball fell to the feet of Harvey Pearce who immediately shot and lobbed the keeper from nearly 25 yards to score his 4th goal of the season. Luke was then fouled in the box denying a goal scoring opportunity, but he picked himself up, placed the ball on the spot and coolly slotted the ball into the net. In the lead up to this goal, Vito Pilade made a perfectly timed and crunching tackle who seemed to inspire the rest of the lads to get stuck in. Reagan then found himself one on one with the goalkeeper to score his 2nd of the game and 11th of the season but only after a fine pass from Harvey Pearce to release him. The scoring was complete when Reagan played a perfect through ball for Luke to run on to and score his hat-trick and incredibly his 20th goal of the season in only 5 games.
Man of the Match today could easily have been 5 or 6 players but today’s award goes to Jack Tustin who was immense with the ball creating numerous chances and thrived in the physical nature of the game.
Personally, I believe that today’s game did the lads the world of good, despite the difficult circumstances, but what was clear was the appetite to still play football, play and support each other and continue the passion to win football matches.
We have a mini break in the league now before the next crucial league game against Pershore, but between then and now we have 2 friendly games against Division 1 opposition followed by the 1st round of the under 13’s cup.
Evesham made it 4 wins out of 4 to return to the top of the league with a 17 – 0 victory ‘v’ Welland Junior Colts. Harvey Pearce opened the scoring with a deflected shot early in the first half.
Luke Hulme then scored his 1st of the game after Reagan Martin had played him in. Vito Pilade scored the third with a flicked header after Jakub Rykaczewski had volleyed a perfect ball into the box. Luke then scored his 2nd after collecting the ball from a goal kick and sliding the ball into the net. Reagan scored his 1st of the game with a powerful shot from around 25 yards. Reagan scored his second after the ball broke loose into the box which he volleyed into the roof of the net.
Luke then completed his hat trick and 17th of the season with a typical calm finish.
Jack Tustin then scored his 2nd goal of the season after collecting a loose ball in the box to score from an initial Harvey corner.
Austin Spotswood scored his 1st goal of the season after a neat layoff from Jack Tustin.
Austin then went on to score his 2nd and 3rd, the second came after a good run and pass from Ben Robinson, his hat trick coming from a perfect ball into the box from Toby Treverton.
Antonio scored his 9th goal of the season with a powerful drive into the roof of the net.
Skipper, Harry Emms then scored his 1st goal of the season from 2 yards after a good run and perfect pass from Luke. Reagan then completed his hat trick and 9th goal of the season again with a similair assist from Luke. Harry then scored a carbon copy 2nd goal from 2 yards this time with the assist from Austin. Harvey scored his 2nd of the game after the keeper had saved from Jack Downie who nearly scored his 1st goal for the club. Finally, the scoring was complete after Harvey made a powerful run into the box playing the ball to Jakub to score his 1st of the season.
Man of the Match today was Austin Spotswood who scored his first goals for the club and went on to complete his hat trick but he was also a constand threat in the game and providing the assist for Harry’s 2nd goal. Special thanks to Lui and Lee for running the line and Neil and Matt for helping take the nets down and corner flags in. Apologies if I have missed anybody else out.
Evesham maintained their 100% start to the season with a 10 – 1 home victory ‘v’ Nunnery Wood Colts Hawks.
Evesham started slowly and took a while to settle down in the game but eventually took the lead after Jack Tustin had played a perfect pass to Luke Hulme to run on to and score the first of the game.
The second goal quickly followed, again scored by Luke after a solo run and typical cool finish.
Luke then turned provider and laid a perfect pass to Reagan to score with a powerful strike, which the keeper failed to keep out of the net.
At half time Evesham led 3 – 0 but the performance wasn’t great and Evesham had a lot more to give.
Straight from kick off Evesham went on the attack and Luke completed his hat trick after Ben Robinson had laid a perfect ball to him.
Evesham then conceded a dubious penalty which Jack Tustin later confirmed he won the ball first before taking the man down, the penalty was scored giving Tom stone no chance in goal.
Luke then scored his 4th of the game after a neat through ball from Reagan.
Antonio then slipped a neat ball into Luke who dribbled into the box, beating 2 players on the way to score his 5th.
The goal of the game was then scored by Jack Tustin who picked the ball up in his own half, dribbled past a number of players before releasing a 25 yard piledriver into the back of the net giving the keeper no chance.
Vito Pilade then scored his 4th goal in 3 games with a neat finish after good set up play from Reagan.
Luke then scored his 6th of the game and 14th goal of the season in only 3 games with a header after Antonio had chipped a neat ball to the back post.
The scoring was completed after a neat passage of play involving Luke and Reagan which resulted in Reagan scoring after beating a number of players in the box before sliding the ball home.
I think it’s fair to say we weren’t at our best today albeit we did miss a few players through injury but we scored double figures for the 3rd game in a row and again looked quite solid defensively.
Man of the Match today was an easy decision to make with 2 assists and 6 goals, so congratulations to Luke Hulme who picked up his second MOTM of the weekend.
Evesham travelled to Droitwich and came back with all 3 points after a 10 – 2 victory, but faced a scare after being pegged back 3 – 2 in the second half.
Evesham started brightly and scored the first goal of the game after Jack Tustin worked hard to win the ball back in his own half then playing the ball to Luke Hulme who laid the ball to Antonio Pirelli who scored with a left footed strike into the bottom corner.
Luke scored his first of the game lobbing the keeper from nearly 30 yards but only after Ben Robinson worked hard to close the opposition down and force the error. Antonio then scored his second of the game also lobbing the keeper inside the 18 yard box.
Droitwich then pulled a goal back from a corner.
Evesham led at half time 3-1 but as the half drew to a close Jakub Rykaczewski fired a powerful shot which hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced agonisingly the wrong side of the goal line.
Straight from the second half kick off Droitwich scored a second to make it 3 – 2 and put Evesham under pressure.
A change of formation followed and players switch positions but this seemed to settle us down again and it wasn’t long before we scored the 4th with Antonio scoring his 3rd after Vito Pilade had squared the ball to him to fire into an empty net.
Anto then scored his 4th and 8th goal in 2 games thanks again to Vito who worked hard to close the opposition down and again force the error.
Vito then scored his first goal of the game turning on a loose ball in the box to fire home giving the keeper no chance.
Luke then scored his second of the game with a solo run into the box finishing neatly.
Vito scored his 2nd of the game, again after a run from Luke who saw his shot rebound across the face of the goal with Vito on hand to beat Reagan to the ball and score into an empty net.
Luke then completed his hat trick again with a solo run into the box and cool finish.
Not to be outdone by Antonio, Luke scored hi9s 4th of the game and 8th goal in 2 games after Vito had won the ball back off the opposition direct from kick off to release Luke to score again.
After the initial scare, the lads responded well showed good spirit and deservedly won the game convincingly (personally, I believe this was down to fitness levels and the depth of the squad).
Man of the Match today goes to Jakub Rykaczewski who was strong, defended well, distributed the ball well and was very unlucky not to score.
Evesham began their 2016/17 season of the Mercian League with a convincing home win ‘v’ Oldbury Park Tigers.
Adapting to the new league, new playing formation and new pitch size didn’t seem to phase any of the lads and right from the first whistle we were bright, lively and sharp and it was no real surprise when we took the lead after Antonio worked hard to win the ball back off the opposition before crossing to Luke Hulme who was unmarked to side foot home. Luke then returned the compliment for Antonio to score his first after a neat passage of play involving several players. Reagan then scored his first of the game prodding the ball towards goal and in from Antonio’s swinging corner.
Reagan then scored his 2nd, 3rd and 4th goals of the game, the third coming from the penalty spot after he was tripped in the box and the fourth coming after Vito Pilade drove into the opposition box before pulling the ball back to Reagan to trickle over the line after hitting the inside of the post.
The second half started very much like the first half and Evesham scored their 7th goal after a strong run and cross from Austin Spotswood (who did everything but score today) found Vito Pilade in the box to fire home. Luke then scored his 2nd and 3rd in quick succession, the third coming from a neatly executed lobbed pass from Harvey Pearce.
Antonio then followed suit and scored his 2nd and 3rd of the game, the second coming after Jack Downie had got hit by the ball in the balls and the third coming after he was first to meet a goal kick before advancing on the goalkeeper to slide past him with another neat finish. Luke then scored his 4th of the game after the keeper had parried a shot from Jakub Rykaczewski. Antonio then became the third player to score his 4th of the game with another calm finish in a one on one situation after a neat build up of one and two touch passes from several players. The scoring was complete after good, quick feet in the box from Jakub, who pulled the ball to Ben Robinson on the edge of the box who saw his powerful shot parried into the net by the keeper.
Man of the Match today goes to a lad who has not featured in the above report but worked tirelessly both defensively and offensively and just got on with playing the ball simply but effectively (which he has done throughout pre-season)….so well done to Toby Treverton.
Obviously, I couldn’t be happier with the start to the season, scoring plenty of goals, creating plenty of chances, looking solid throughout and Tom Stone and the solid defence of Jakub, Harry Emms, Rhys Bennett, Jack Downie and James McDonald keeping a clean sheet.
Thanks to both Lui Pirelli and Lee Treverton for running the line and Neil Bennett and Andy (Rachel Anderson) for helping with the nets and flags, apologies if I have missed anybody else out.
Now on to next week, training on Thursday night and league game next Sunday away at Droitwich.