Below-par Evesham United slumped to a disappointing defeat against lowly Didcot Town in the Calor League Division One South & West. Without the services of four regulars, United looked out-of-sorts and despite a late rally by Paul Collicutt`s side, struggling Didcot deservedly returned to Oxfordshire with all three points.
Playing their first home game for over a month, United went into the game searching for their first league double after winning 3-1 at the npower Loop Meadow Stadium earlier in the season. The first-half remained goalless despite both sides creating some decent chances. Early on visiting skipper Luke Carnell outjumped home keeper John Bateman but headed over and Michael McKirnan curled a drive just wide. Evesham responded with James Vercesi going close and then Marcus Palmer firing
into the side netting after rounding James Foster in the Railwaymen`s goal. On the stroke of half-time, Bateman produced the save of the match to keep out Josh Dutton-Black from point-blank range.
The second-half was just 12 minutes old when Didcot took the lead through a John Mills shot that found the bottom corner. Bateman prevented Didcot going further ahead midway through the half when he brilliantly turned behind Pablo Haysham`s goalbound volley. Ed Williams then flashed a couple of efforts just wide for the Robins but it was Didcot who looked most likely to score next. Ben Whitehead and then Haysham struck the United crossbar and twice in quick succession Evesham cleared off the line following goalmouth scrambles. Richard Mansell who injected some life into the United performance after coming on as substitute burst into the Didcot box to level the scores with a minute to go, but it was Didcot who had the final say by scoring the winner through Haysham with the game moving into stoppage-time after good work by Whitehead down the right.
EVESHAM UNITED :
Bateman, Wilson, Wellon, Barnfield (Mansell 75), Axton, Watkin, Kennedy, Williams, Palmer (Davis 84), Vercesi, Tambling (Eyre 60).
SUBS NOT USED: Barnfather and Hitchman.
REFEREE: Mr C.Taylor (Wednesbury)