Marcus Palmer came off the bench to score a late equaliser and earn Evesham United a draw at the Hand Stadium in the Calor League South & West Division. With just 60 seconds to go, Palmer levelled proceedings in a match United dominated throughout but failed to see off the Seasiders by missing a host of clear-cut chances. Evesham`s poor disciplinary record this season also took another battering when Marcus Jackson was shown a straight red in the second-half following an altercation with Kye Mountford who was also sent-off, leaving Clevedon to see the game out with just nine men.
United were camped in the Clevedon half from the start and should have been well ahead by the time the home side took the lead on 27 minutes with their only shot at goal all game. Nuno Felix found Kyle Thomas in space down the right and the winger cut inside before firing across John Bateman into the bottom corner. Moments later Ed Williams was denied a shooting chance when the youngsters trickery took him through on goal only to be pulled back by Joe Swift on the edge of the box who was subsequently sent-off as the last man. Before half-time, Carl Brown, Lance Smith and Jackson all missed chances to level for the Robins and Linden Dovey struck the outside of a post.
The second-half was as one-sided as the first with Bateman a spectator in the United goal. Dan Watkin hit the Clevedon crossbar and Smith twice, Jared Wilson and Neil Barnfield should have hit the target when well placed. By now United`s corner count was well into double figures but a combination of resolute defending and wayward finishing enabled Clevedon to hang-on to their slender lead. After Jackson`s departure, United continued to throw men forward and just when it seemed it wasn`t going to be the Robin`s day, up stepped Palmer with a minute remaining to bag a dramatic equaliser. The United substitute cleverly turned his marker before firing a left-footed shot into the roof of the net past Town keeper James Dunn.
Bateman, Wilson, Wellon, Barnfield, Dovey, Watkin, Jackson, Davis (Mansell 60), Smith, Brown (Vercesi 57), Williams (Palmer 70).
Subs not used: Tambling and Kennedy.
REFEREE: Mr A.Cloake (Barnstaple)