New signings Greg Peel and Matthew Liddiard got the all important goals that earned Evesham United a deserved 2-1 victory to lift the Worcestershire Senior Cup at the expense of National League North Kidderminster Harriers. United who last won the trophy in 2008/09 ran out worthy winners and the performance bodes well for the Robins whose league campaign gets underway at Larkhall Athletic on Saturday 12th August.
A delighted United boss Paul Collicutt said after the game, “It was just the display I was looking for and pleased to get some silverware in the trophy cabinet before the nitty gritty starts next month. “I`m not going to get carried away because it wasn`t three points on the board but we looked decent and have some quality players at the club. It was a good team performance and an entertaining game with both sides looking to get the ball down and play football. “It`s been a while since the club won the Worcestershire Senior Cup and it was encouraging to see a healthy crowd who witnessed a good game of football.” United looked bright and breezy from the start and caused the visiting defence a number of problems but failed to find the net before half-time.
That all changed on 52 minutes when giant striker Peel collected a loose ball on the edge of the box and drilled home a first-time shot into the bottom corner. Harriers responded and levelled in the 64th minute through defender Josh Webb who reacted quickest to score after United keeper Sam Gilder had made a fine stop to keep out Andre Brown`s deflected drive. What turned out to be the winning goal arrived three minutes later courtesy of the impressive Liddiard who superbly headed home skipper Adam Mann`s pin-point delivery from the left. Before the end United went close to adding a third with the hardworking Jordan Bryan crashing a shot against the woodwork.
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Gilder, Williams, Bennett, Haskayne, Odiero, Liddiard, Bryan, Brown (Stanley 66), Peel (Magee 68), Mann, Gray (Fahy 45).
Subs not used: Lymn, Hancock, Campbell, Brain.
Referee: Mr John Roskelly