Evesham`s revival under new manager Paul Collicutt gathered pace as they battled back from going a goal down to earn a well deserved point at play-off hopefuls Bridgwater Town. Striker turned defender Linden Dovey, capped an impressive second-half display by United to force the ball home in the 90th minute after the Town defence had failed to clear Richard Mansell`s deeply struck free-kick. It was no more than United deserved against one of the Calor League South & West play-off hopefuls.


In the first-half Bridgwater played at a high tempo but failed to take advantage of several good chances that fell their way. This was down to impressive goalkeeping by John Bateman who twice denied Joe Bushin after the striker had raced clear. The dependable Bateman, however, had no chance when Mitchell Page opened the scoring for Bridgwater with a close-range finish from Toby Osman`s cross. United`s best chance of the half saw Carl Brown crash a shot against the cross-bar and James Vercesi scoop the rebound wide of the target.


Dovey scored in last minute

Dovey scored in last minute

The second period belonged to Evesham who for long periods were camped in the Bridgwater half. Home keeper Chris Wright was in the thick of the action making a fine double-save from Mansell and Brown and then gathering at his near post from the hard-working Lance Smith. The Town stopper then somehow got a hand on Mansell`s free-kick and Brown follow- ing in dragged his shot wide of goal. Bridgwater were on the rack and with the game entering stoppage-time, Dovey displayed his striker`s instincts by finding the corner of the net to round off a dominant second-half display by a rejuvenated Evesham side.


EVESHAM UNITED: Bateman, Jackson, Mansell, Barnfield, Dovey, Millard, Lewars (Botfield 45), Davis, (Tambling 73), Smith, Vercesi (Sherry 82), Brown.

Subs not used: Magee and Holloway.

REFEREE: Mr I.Roberts (Camborne)




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