Match Report: Evesham United 1-2 Thatcham Town

This week saw yet another Sunday fixture for ‘The Robins’ at the Jubilee Stadium, the visitors on this occasion were newly promoted and last season’s FA Vase winners Thatcham Town.

The game got underway on a very chilly October afternoon both sides started the game in full attack mode, neither side seemed to be able to take advantage of early opportunities with both defences seemingly on top.

Thatcham were the better side in the first half playing a far more physical game however, it was Evesham that led the game into the halftime break against the run of play.

In the second minute of first half injury join Sean Brain picked up the ball on the halfway line and cut inside and beat 2 defenders and the Thatcham keeper at his ear post, to score his first home league goal at the Jubilee.

The second-half started in a very similar way to the first with Thatcham town by far the strongest side, with Evesham struggling to get into their opponent’s half.

The Robins first opportunity came on the hour when Brain played in Tucker Dixon whose shot went just wide.

The game was then turned on its head in two minutes with goals from Thatcham’s Lewis Gabbidon And James Clark, Gabbidon got onto a ball flicked on by Rees, then with James Clark 30 yards out striking the ball on the turn to beat the home keeper.

Two defensive errors in a minute along with too many uncompleted passes cost the Robins defeat, passing seemed to be the difference between the two sides with Thatcham also looking hungrier and more physical.

In the fifth minute of injury time Linden Dovey found will Tunnicliffe in the box who was unable to level things when his shot sailed over the bar, giving Thatcham three well-deserved points.

Evesham Utd: Rivers, Hancock (Tunnicliffe 76), Davidge, Turley, Harding, Dovey©, Tucker-Dixon, Tumelty, Brain (K Simpson 67), Campbell, Thomas (C Simpson 60). Unused subs: Haskayne, Humphreys.

Attendance: 214