A rousing second half performance secured Evesham United’s first win in four games and a league double against FA Cup giant-killers Yate Town. Caretaker boss and former United manager Paul West took charge of his first game since the departure of Matt Clarke and inspired the Robins to their biggest win of the season.
Evesham enjoyed most of the play in the first half but could not find a way past Josh Dempsey in the Bluebell’s goal. That all changed however, within 60 seconds of the re-start. The returning Simon Fitter beat Dempsey with a stunning strike after a neat build-up between Roly Agbor and player/coach Neil MacKenzie. Leading scorer Marcus Palmer then doubled United’s lead eight minutes later sweeping the ball home after David Kalonji’s throw-in had been helped on the the near post.
Yate, who go to Cheltenham Town in the first round proper of the FA Cup, were constantly being stretched at the back and conceded a third on 69 minutes. Palmer was again on the scoresheet giving Dempsey no chance for his ninth goal of the season. Dempsey then went on to prevent a wider margin of victory making decent stops from the outstanding Fitter, Palmer and substitute Mark Dank before the end.
Evesham Utd: Coleman, Robinson, Hyde, Eze, Hurren, MacKenzie, Fitter (Downing 89), Connor, Palmer, Agbor (Danks 80), Kalonji
Subs not used: Williams, Osborne, Meredith
Referee: Mr K Andrews (Warwick)