Despite two goals by striker Lance Smith, it wasn`t enough to prevent Evesham United suffering their first home defeat in the Calor League South & West against neighbours Bishops Cleeve. The former Badsey Rangers forward who has made a big impression since his move at the beginning of the month, took ten minutes to open his account for the season, racing clear before planting a low drive past Louie Barnfather into the far corner. From then until half-time, Evesham`s John Bateman was the busier of the two keepers making fine saves from Nick Hill and the dangerous Ed Williams.

Lance Smith: Scored twice

Lance Smith: Scored twice

Two goals, however, in two minutes at the start of the second-half turned the game in favour of the visitors. Joe Hanks headed in from Lewis Binns flag-kick and soon after, Hanks rounded Bateman to put the Villagers 2-1 ahead.Hanks then went on to complete a well taken hat-trick on 79 minutes, escaping the clutches of the United back-four before finding the net via an upright. Smith, outstanding in only his third league start for the Robins, reduced the deficit nine minutes from time firing through a ruck of defenders and despite a late flurry of free-kicks and corners Evesham were unable to find an an equaliser and subsequently lose their unbeaten home record.


EVESHAM UNITED: Bateman, Wilson, Mansell, Gregson (Millard 41), Richards, Botfield, M.Jackson, Barnfield, Smith, Brown (Palmer 62), A.Jackson (Tambling 62).

SUBS NOT USED: Dovey and Holloway.

REFEREE: Mr B.James (Carterton)



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