Mann to remain at Evesham United for 2017/18

Striker Adam Mann says Evesham United will use their play-off semi-final heartbreak as motivation to go all the way to claim promotion in 2017/18.

Paul Collicutt’s side were beaten 2-1 at Salisbury, sunk by a late penalty after Mann’s well taken goal had forced extra-time, with Evesham having to play with 10 men for most of the game.

It left manager and players crestfallen, but after agreeing to remain with the club for next season, Mann said it has made them even more determined to reach the Southern League Premier Division.

“I think this togetherness shone that night. To have everything go against us like it did and to pull out a performance like that only comes from a team pulling together and working for each other.

“It was such a rollercoaster and I look back now and think for whoever was there they witnessed one of the best games they’ll ever see because no player had anything left to give by the end of the game.”

Mann returned from a holiday with many of his Evesham team mates and after a meeting with Collicutt he quickly confirmed he would be staying at the Jubilee Stadium.

“Colly looks after us so well and the club is fantastic,” he said.

“It has everything in place to move forward and it’s exciting to be part of so the club sells itself.

“The gaffer and I have said from our first meeting that promotion is our priority and it hurts me that we haven’t achieved that yet but this is also a massive motivation to kick on this year and finish what we set out to do.

“I will ring him out of respect it was mainly due to me being away then Colly meeting me so soon after and I only had one thought and that was to stay with Evesham.

“The team holiday just sums up the environment we have at Evesham, the lads all get on so well it was like going away with your best mate and you don’t get many teams that have a togetherness like here.

“I don’t know many clubs that want to gain a promotion not only for the club but for the manager, that’s how much he does for us.”

Source: Gloucestershire Echo