One win in nine games leaves Evesham United facing an uphill battle to preserve their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division status.

A 2-0 home defeat to play-off hopefuls Chesham in front of just 93 spectators on Tuesday was United’s third in a row and handed the fifth-placed outfit a comfortable league double.

Chesham made all the early running at St George’s Lane with giant strikers Inih Effong and Simon Thomas going close early on. Mark Lambert cleared off the line from Robins’ top-scorer Marcus Palmer but the Generals took a 20th-minute lead.

Effong netted with a blistering drive from 25 yards, giving keeper Dan Platt little chance.  Danny Talbot and James Potton went close to adding to the lead before half-time.

Chesham continued to dominate in the second period, forcing Platt to make early saves from Thomas and Steve Wales.  But they doubled their lead on 68 minutes as a mix-up at the back gifted Potton a free run on goal before he rounded Platt and tapped in.

Youngster Platt kept the score down, twice keeping out Thomas and bravely diving at the feet of substitute Brad Wadkins.

Evesham: Platt, Winter, J Clarke (Wilson 58), Daniel, Henry, Wilding, Ardallany (Male 70), Mackenzie, McPike, Palmer, Hernandez (Quaynor 45). Subs not used: Wood, Downing. 

Attendance: 93.