A depleted Evesham United side turned on the style to collect their first away win of the season at managerless Didcot Town. United dominated the match from start to finish, creating a hatful of chances and on another day could have bagged a double-figure victory. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning failed to dampen Evesham spirits who after continuous
pressure deservedly took the lead on 18 minutes. The impressive Nat Lewars made ground down the right before crossing low and hard to the onrushing Carl Brown who made no mistake with a powerful first-time finish past Kieran Beesley. Didcot were unable to get out of their own half and soon after the goal defender Joel Meade cleared off the line from Lewars after the young striker had rounded Beesley.
Evesham`s fast flowing football was rewarded again on 28 minutes when Lewars found the net after winning a challenge with Beesley before rolling the ball into an empty net. Before half-time, another goal-line clearance from Meade prevented the hardworking Lance Smith from firing the Robins further ahead.
Inside the opening minutes of the second-half, Beesley somehow kept out Lewar`s shot from point-blank range but from the resulting corner the stopper suffered an injury and was replaced between the sticks by defender Sam Elkins. Beesley`s deputy proved a capable replacement making excellent saves from Smith and then a Linden Dovey free-kick. Out of the blue and from Didcot`s only shot on target all night, Luke Carnell pulled an unexpected goal back getting a head to Matt Blenford`s corner. A period of sustained Evesham pressure then followed which resulted in a series of top class saves by Elkins to keep his side in the game, but was eventually beaten with the match entering stoppage time. Brown broke away from the halfway line before picking out Smith at the back post who calmly collected the goal his performance richly deserved.
Bateman, Wilson, Mansell, Loney, Dovey, Barnfield, Holloway, Tambling, Lewars (A. Jackson 82), Smith, Brown.
SUBS NOT USED: Magee and Sherry.
REFEREE: Mr A.Gillett