Match Report – Evesham Utd 0 vs 1 Bridgwater Town

Evesham’s dismal home form continued after losing to lowly Bridgwater Town.  It was the Robins fourth league defeat in front of their own supporters and caretaker manager Paul West’s first reversal since taking temporary charge from Matt Clarke.

Despite Henry Eze going close in the opening minute, chances dried up for United for the rest of the game and it was Bridgwater who always looked the more likely to score.  Former Evesham defender Zayne Simpson planted a couple of shots into the side netting and Craig Veal drove across the face of an unguarded goal as United struggled to get their game together.  Evesham’s best chance of an uninspiring first-half had Town stopper Luke Purnell going full length to push aside Neil MacKenzie’s powerfully struck drive.

The second half belonged to the visitors from Somerset who constantly tested Tom Cross on his debut in the Evesham goal.  Three times in quick succession the former Banbury United keeper had to be at his best to make important saves from Kye Mountford, Veal and Jon Vance.  Cross, however  was given no chance to prevent the game’s only goal with six minutes to go.  Simpson’s free-kick on the left found its way to striker Vance who swept the ball home from 10 yards.  Evesham pressed in the closing stages looking for an equaliser, but the Bridgwater rearguard held firm to register just their second win on the road this season.

Evesham United: Cross, Kalonji (Danks 65), Hyde, Hurren, Robinson, Williams, Fitter, MacKenzie, Palmer, Eze (Scheppel 83), Downing.

Subs not used: Connor, Osborne, Meredith

Referee: Mr B James (Carterton)

Attendance: 228

Man of the Match sponsored by Thwaites: Tom Cross

Match Sponsor: Milvale

Ball Sponsor: Charlie Flint, Marshalls Transport