Evesham United won their home FA Carlsberg Trophy Preliminary Round match to set up a First Round Qualifying game with Leek Town. Evesham had to come from a goal down against their Northern League Division One South opponents Market Drayton Town.

After a quiet opening with few chances testing both keepers, the game came to life when an excellent through ball from Carl Brown was taken on by Lance Smith, who clean through on goal miscued his shot.  Market Drayton took the lead on 40 minutes after poor marking at a corner led to the ball coming out to defender Sam Westray whose bicycle kick went in the goal.  On the stroke of half time Carl Brown saw his powerful shot tipped over by the visitors goalkeeper Damien Stevens.

Lance Smith: Man of Match

Lance Smith: Man of Match

In the second half, an improved display saw Evesham score three times.  First on 48 minutes Lance Smith’s good work down the left was rewarded when Linden Dovey slotted home past the keeper.  Dovey could have scored again three minutes later but slipped at the vital moment set up again by Smith.

Midway through the half,  Carl Brown won the ball in midfield ran 30 yards before shooting under the advancing keeper.  In the 73rd minute the tenacious Marcus Jackson won a tackle, passed to Jared Wilson whose forceful run and cross found Man of the match Lance Smith  who glanced the ball into the net.  Towards the end Wilson again set up Smith whose audacious chip over the keeper from a tight angle clipped the top of the bar.


Evesham United: Bateman, Wilson, Mansell, Gregson, Richards, Botfield, M. Jackson, Barnfield, Smith, Dovey (Palmer 89), Brown

Subs Not Used: Holloway, Tambling, Millard, A. Jackson

Attendance: 152

Referee: Mr D Sallis (Bromyard)

Photos by Stuart Purfield


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