Sean Brain is set to sign for Evesham United after leaving Southern League newcomers Bromsgrove Sporting, the striker impressed for Paul Collicutt’s side during Tuesday night’s 1-1 friendly draw with National League North club Hereford FC. New recruit Cory Simpson put Evesham ahead in the 35th minute, following up after a shot from young forward Ewen Dunbar hit the right post. They held onto their lead until time added on at the end of the 90 minutes, when substitute Adam Hockey levelled for the Bulls.
Another summer signing, goalkeeper Harvey Rivers, made a string of fine saves late on as Hereford pushed for an equaliser.
Simpson caused major problems for the Hereford defence with his speed and direct running and Archie Haskayne was excellent in the middle of the pitch. Evesham lost defender Shayne Anson to injury in the first half, so Nick Hancock went on at right-back and Linden Dovey moved inside to partner ex-Hereford man Nathan Summers at centre-half.
The backline, which also included Will Wellon at left-back, looked solid against a talented Hereford forward line including former Evesham front man Lance Smith, along with Harry White, Jennison Myrie-Williams and Eliot Richards.
“I thought it was an exceptionally competitive game for a pre-season friendly,” Collicutt said “The performance level was there and the lads have put in a good shift all round. “We deserved something from the game, despite starting off slowly. Hereford dominated for 15 or 20 minutes, but we then grew in stature and deservedly went in front, creating chances throughout the game too. “There were some good performances, but it was a good team effort as well so I have to be pleased with it. “It’s all about being right for the start of the season and the lads have put in a good shift.”
Evesham play Cheltenham Town at the Jubilee Stadium in their next friendly on Thursday evening (7.45pm), with Steve Davies hoping to return after sitting out the Hereford match due to a back problem.
Evesham United: H Rivers; L Dovey, N Summers, S Anson, W Wellon; M Thomas, A Haskayne, A Williams, C Simpson; E Dunbar, S Brain.
Subs: N Taylor, D Tustin, C Brown, N Hancock, J Campbell, L Price, H Jacob, W Middleton, S Davies.
Hereford: M Horsell; K Thomas, R Green, J Liburd, D Greenslade; L Smith, B Murphy, T Fry, J Myrie-Williams; H White, E Richards.
Subs: B Powell, J Bird, M Symons, C Sainty, H Franklin, L Hall, A Hockey.
Referee: R Gardner.
Report Courtesy of Jon Palmer at Gloucestershirelive