Match Report: Evesham United 2-3 Stourbridge

The question before the game was could Evesham United get over the hangover of their defeat to Moneyfields in the FA trophy on the previous Sunday.

The manager was forced to start with a makeshift side due to niggling injuries and a stomach bug that seemed to have affected half of the side.

The Robins were looking to take an early advantage when Brain picked up on a Tumelty ball and managed to evade two defenders, but his shot went just over the bar.

The game had started as a fairly even affair until the 18th minute, when Westlake went on a solo run and appeared to go unchallenged into the box and slotting the ball past the oncoming keeper, giving the visitors the lead.

It was at this point in the game that ‘The Glassboys’ keeper Niall Maher egan to show signs that he would become the evening’s best player on the park. Saving several times from Robins returnee James Campbell.

As the game reached half-time visitors took their one goal lead feeling quite relieved that that goal had not been breached.

The second-half got under way with both sides showing that they were not afraid to attack, it was the home side that got there just reward when, with just under the hour on the clock Marley Thomas broke through the offside trap and safely put the ball in the back of the Stourbridge net.

Just two minutes later the visitors restored their lead when Jake Evans tapped in from close range.

It was now time for Maher in The Stourbridge goal to again show his quality making numerous saves from Brain, Campbell and Thomas. Arguably the best strike of the game came in the 70th minute when Brain rattled the crossbar from 25 yards, the visitors then broke away and scored through Luke Benbow.

The Robins we’re not finished, and Tucker-Dixon beat 3 of his opponents before slotting the ball home and setting up a very tense last 15 minutes.

Evesham Utd: Rivers, Hancock, Davidge, Turley (Summers 73), Harding (Price 73), Wellon, Tucker-Dixon, Tumelty, Brain, Campbell, Thomas. Unused subs: Tunnicliffe.

Attendance: 96