The 157 strong crowd did not have to wait too long before a goal came along to warm their spirits on a bitterly cold afternoon at ‘The Jubilee’. Unfortunately, the goal went into the wrong net, it was the visitors that took the lead in the 2nd minute. Goalkeeper Andy Hannah had made a fine save but with Totton quickest to react, Conner York headed the ball into the Evesham net.
The equaliser almost cam in the next 60 seconds Cory Simpson turned his way into AFC’s box, his pass went through to Steve Davies whose shot was saved by visiting keeper Max Harris at full stretch.
Another chance went begging for The Robins on 9 minutes when nobody was able to get on the end of an excellent Davies crossed ball. In form Totton striker Craig Feeney saw his shot straight at the keeper easily saved.
As the first half minutes ticked away Totton were happy to defend in numbers and try and hit Evesham on the break when an opportunity arose. In the 33rd minute the visitors had the ball in the net again, this time the assistant referee’s flag was in the air for offside but, following a discussion the referee overruled his assistant and awarded the goal.
With the home side unable to exert any rhythm into their game the Hampshire side took their deserved 2-0 lead into half time.
When the second half got underway it very quickly became obvious that in complete contrast to the first half it was the home side making all of the going, having survived an early scare when Feeney’s shot went high over the bar, Cory Simpson crossed the ball into the Totton goal for Marley Thomas who poked it home from close range.
Evesham were now definitely the better of the 2 sides but, the game was then halted for a long period whilst Cory Simpson received treatment on the pitch, before being stretchered off. Not being put off by Simpson’s injury ‘The Robins’ got straight back to it once the game restarted. Some good link up play between Davies and Thomas was rewarded on 67 minutes, when they found Kane Simpson whose superb strike levelled proceedings.
The equaliser seemed to fire up Totton and with the assistance of some poor defending they replied by retaking the lead when Feeney slotted the ball past Hannah.
It was from this point in the game that their only looked like being one winner, the belief seemed to come back into the home side. They had a couple of chances to level things, Ashley Williams header from a Thomas corner went just over the bar, then Thomas had a chance of his own with just the keeper to beat he put it wide of the far post.
In the final minute of the 90 a towering header from Kai Fisher ended up in the back of the net, giving United a deserved equaliser and him his first goal for the club in his home debut at ‘The Jubillee.
The crowd went into an absolute frenzy when in the 7th minute of injury time, Thomas drove into the box and his pinpoint cross was met by Kane Simpson completing an amazing comeback. The final action of the game saw a great save by Andy Hannah on 99 minutes from Totton’s Justin Bennett.
EUFCSC MoM: Marley Thomas
Evesham United: Hannah, Dovey, Tunnicliff, Haskayne, Anson© (Kye Simpson 53), Fisher, Thomas, Williams, Kane Simpson, Davies, C Simpson (Davidge 62) Subs Not Used: Brown, Harding, Wellon.