Result: Evesham Utd 4 vs 4 Taunton Town

This season’s opener league match was a thrilling affair with the highest scoring match yet seen at the Jubilee Stadium.  Eight goals, a sending off and both goalkeepers replaced saw the teams sharing the spoils.

Marsh put the visitors ahead on 6 minutes, before Palmer on 19 and Brown on 21 gave Evesham a half time lead.  This was despite the straight red card for the home side’s Neil Barnfield on 37.  At half time both goalkeepers were replaced due to injury, which meant Evesham’ s 48 year old goalkeeping coach Tim Clarke had to go between the sticks.  Ex Evesham player Tasker levelled midway through the half, which then saw 4 goals in 11 minutes.  Matt Sysum netted his first for the club on 77, before Tasker equalised again on 82.  Sysum restored the lead on 84 before Taunton snatched a draw on 88.

Evesham Utd: Bateman (Clarke 45), Jackson, Wilson, Millard, Sysum, Botfield, Barnfield, Brown (Holloway 80), Palmer, Dovey, Tambling.

Subs not used: Rodrigues, Gould, Williams

Attendance: 163

Full report to follow.

Meanwhile Evesham United Reserves played their first competitive match drawing their Midland Combination Divison 1 Reserve League match at Lichfield City Reserves 1-1, the goalscorer being James Jones.