Evesham United bowed out of the Red Insure Cup at the First Round stage losing 3-1 to neighbours Bishops Cleeve at the Jubilee Stadium. It was the Villagers second win over United this season having beaten Shaun Cunnington`s side in the league last month.
The deadlock was broken in an even first half three minutes before half-time, when Jake Lee beat John Bateman with a well executed finish from the edge of the box. United`s task was made harder when Cleeve`s Ed Williams side stepped a United defender before firing in the visitor`s second beyond the diving Bateman. The Evesham stopper then prevented Andy Venning from making it three with a fine save when faced with a one-on-one with the Cleeve midfielder. United substitute Nat Lewars struck a post after racing clear and then a period of pressure from the Robins was rewarded with Linden Dovey pulling a goal back with a neat finish on 73 minutes. Lee then put the game out of United`s reach just three minutes later with a well directed header from a left wing corner. Full-back Jared Wilson went close to pulling a goal back following good work by Dovey but the visitors easily saw out time to book their place in the Second Round.
Bateman, Wilson, Mansell, Millard, Richards, Botfield, Jackson (Tambling 56), Barnfield, Smith (Lewars 45), Dovey, Brown.
Subs not used: Holloway, MaGee.
REFEREE: Mr S.Wales (Tewkesbury)