Match Report – Cirencester Town 1 vs 3 Evesham United

Leigh Downing scored the third

Evesham returned to winning ways with a convincing 3-1 win at second in the table Cirencester Town.  The Robins dominated from start to finish playing some of their best football of the season.  Manager Matt Clarke included Black Country Rangers striker Liam Hughes for his debut who had already bagged 20 goals of the West Midland League Premier Division outfit this season.  He proved an instant success by notching United’s second goal in the second half.

Cirencester enjoyed their best spell during the opening exchanges without testing Dean Coleman in the United goal.  His opposite number Matt Bath however was kept busy making saves from Gavin Hurren, Neil MacKenzie and Roland Agbor but with the half drawing to a close United finally went in front.  Lee Osborne got down the left before having his cross pushed away by Bath into the path of leading scorer Marcus Palmer who prodded in his 7th goal of the season.

Despite having all the play in the second half, United had to wait until fifteen minutes from time before increasing their lead.  Bath got in a block to deny Palmer only for the ball to fall kindly to Hughes who followed up to lash the ball home.  Seven minutes later substitute Leigh Downing got on the scoresheet, cutting in from the left before driving in low under keeper Bath.  United were denied a clean sheet when Sam Collier scored a consolation for the Centurians in time added on.

Evesham United: Coleman, Kalonji, Osborne (Williams 87), Hurren, Eze, Warmer, Connor, MacKenzie (Hicks 84), Hughes (Downing 77), Palmer, Agbor

Subs not used: Tulloch, Elmes

Referee: Mr A Matthews (Stroud)

Attendance: 88