Paul Collicutt`s first game in charge of Evesham United was a successful one as the Robins beat FA Cup giantkillers Shortwood United in the Calor League South & West.
Shortwood who host Football League side Port Vale in the FA Cup First Round proper, never looked like preventing Collicutt from making a winning start and the victory lifts United up to 13th in the table.
Preparations for United before kick-off were not ideal when Marcus Jackson and Mitchell Botfield were both replaced in the starting line-up during the pre-match warm up. This failed to deter Evesham whose promising start to the game was rewarded on 18 minutes. Debutant James Vercesi got round the back of the Shortwood defence before squaring to former Badsey Rangers striker Lance Smith who calmly found the net for his 4th goal of the season. It got better for United after 38 minutes when Vercesi capitalised on hesitency in the box to steer in a low drive that gave keeper Tom King no chance.
With a gale force wind at their backs a second-half onslaught from Shortwood never materialised and it was Evesham who continued to dominate. But with fifteen minutes to go, Duncan Culley pulled a goal back for Shortwood and despite a late flurry of corners and seven minutes of stoppage-time, Evesham were never seriously tested and thoroughly deserved a confidence boosting win.
Bateman, Wilson, Mansell, Barnfield, Dovey, Millard, Davis (Magee 63), Lewars (Jackson 45), Smith, Vercesi (Sherry 89), Holloway.
Subs not used: Botfield
REFEREE : Mr S.Jack (Carterton)
ATTENDANCE : 208