Match Report – Hungerford Town 2 vs 1 Evesham Utd

League leaders Hungerford Town had to come from behind to extend their lead to six points at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern South & West against a workmanlike Evesham side at Bulpit Lane. Leading scorer Marcus Palmer gave the Robins a deserved interval lead with his 10th strike of the season, but table topping Hungerford replied with two goals in 12 second half minutes to put a further dent in United’s play-off hopes.

10 goals this season for Marcus Palmer

Palmer broke the deadlock on 36 minutes, receiving a pass from Danny Scheppel the striker outpaced two defenders before planting a measured finish past keeper Paul Strudley.

Hungerford raised their game after the break and drew level just past the hour, when full back Diak John fired beyond the diving Tom Cross onto the top corner.  The home side sensed victory and duly got the winner with 17 minutes to go, John Boardman was left unmarked to head home Tom Fila’s flag-kick.  United pressed in the closing stages, substitute Joel Hardwick went closest to grabbing an equaliser firing over after Palmer’s good run and cross.

Evesham United: Cross, Blake, Kalonji (Downing 45), Clarke, MacKenzie (Hardwick 80), Williams, Fitter, Scheppel, Palmer, Spence (Babayo 68), Eze

Subs Not Used: Osborne, Meredith

Referee: Mr C Nzenga (Portsmouth)

Attendance: 99