Missed chances proved costly for Evesham United who returned home from Ladysmead pointless despite outplaying promotion chasing Tiverton Town for long periods in the Calor League Division One South & West. Evesham who were once again down to the bare bones through injury and
unavailability, handed a debut to 18-year-old Adam Powell who has joined on work experience from League Two Cheltenham Town until the end of the season. And the young midfielder made an early impression driving just wide from distance after a neat build-up involving Ben Evans down the left. The best chance of the first-half fell to Lance Smith but after shrugging off the challenge of two defenders he contrived to lob the ball wide with
only Tivvy keeper Mike Searle to beat. Tiverton punished United`s sloppy finishing by going ahead on 29 minutes through Ryan Richards who converted Dan Smith`s low cross from the right. Back came Evesham and Searle prevented an immediate equaliser when he spread himself well to foil the impressive Evans who had wriggled through the Town defence.
The unfortunate Smith was then guilty of the miss of the match in the second-half when he capitalised on a miskick by Searle but rolled the ball wide of an open goal. Once again, the miss was punished when Tivvy substitute Sam Malsom fired the home side 2-0 ahead with a blistering drive from 20 yards. Tiverton were content to sit on their two-goal lead and soak-up everything United could throw at them. A barrage of pressure was finally rewarded eight minutes from time when the alert Carl Brown lashed in his 14th goal of the season to set-up a tense finish for the home side. Tiverton, however, wethered the storm despite Linden Dovey and Smith going close to earning the Robins a deserved share of the points.
Barnfather, Tambling, Mansell, Wilson, Wellon, Sauntson, J. Smith, Powell (Dovey 67), L. Smith, Brown, Evans.
SUBS NOT USED: Hitchman and Vercesi.
REFEREE: Mr S.Annis (Penzance)