Evesham’s play-off challenge stalled for a second successive game going down 4-2 to a well drilled Didcot Town side on Tuesday night. United’s poor disciplinary record also took a turn for the worst when latest signing Mark Danks became the third Evesham player to be sent off in two games.
Evesham were caught napping after just five minutes when James Clark fired the Railwaymen ahead with the first of his three goals. A period of pressure resulted in United levelling on the half-hour, Jamie Heapy’s understruck back-pass resulted in Roland Agbor winning a challenge on Town Keeper Marcos Balloli before rolling the loose ball home.
However, in the opening 60 seconds of the second half, Clark charged down keeper Dean Coleman’s attempted clearance to regain the visitor’s lead. The Didcot striker was then in the right place at the right time on 56 minutes to complete his hat-trick and fire Didcot 3-1 ahead. Although United were enjoying the majority of possession it was the visitors from Oxfordshire who were again to find the target when Pablo Haysham got on the scoresheet wtih Didcot’s fourth after more sloppy defending by the Robins. Substitute Danks was then red carded for a late challenge on Thomas Browne, before Agbor scored the best goal of the game sprinting from the half-way line to beat keeper Mario Pereira, but it was too little too late for United who slumped to their third successive home defeat of the season.
Evesham United: Coleman, Kalonji, Robinson, Hurren, Eze, Warmer, Downing, Connor (MacKenzie 59), Hughes, Palmer (Danks 65), Agbor
Subs not used: Hyde, Williams, Vernaschi
Referee: Mr T Blanch