Evesham moved up to sixth and into a play-off position thanks to their win at Kidlington last night. The Robins are only two points off Wimborne Town in third but Cirencester Town are only three behind in eighth.
All the hard work that was performed on the pitch during the day certainly paid dividends as the pitch was in a damp but playable condition.
The opening exchanges were pretty even, but as the game progressed you could see that Evesham were slowly but surely imposing themselves on proceedings.
Some extremely brave goalkeeping by Sam Warrell in the 24th minute, when he dived at the feet of an Evesham striker earned him a cut chin.
The opening goal arrived in the 37th minute and what a goal it was. Evesham skipper Adam Mann scored it with a thunderous shot into the bottom right corner of the Kidlington goal from 25 yards out.
Any hope for response from within the Kidlington ranks wasn’t forthcoming and they went in at half time without registering a single shot on target.
Kidlington came out for the second half looking more pumped up and began to take the game to the visitors. In the 49th minute a good passing move culminated in Lewis Coyle passing the ball across for Anaclet Odhiambo some 10 yards out from goal. Instead of striking it first time Odhiambo took a touch, in doing so he was quickly crowded out with Matt Liddiard stopping the eventual shot on the line.
Kidlington were soon to rue this miss as Evesham doubled their lead after a defensive slip from Ben Brown. His intended back pass after pressure from Garyn Preen was far to short allowing the striker to nip in, round keeper Warrell and slip the ball home for 2 – 0 on 53 minutes.
Kidlington did get the ball in the net on 67 minutes but Lewis Gabbidon was correctly adjudged to be in an off side position.
The game was finally killed off as a contest in the 76th minute. Another defensive lapse allowed substitute Ewen Dunbar a free run at goal and the youngster shot home smartly from the edge of the box for 3 – 0.
That was the end of the scoring and Evesham deservedly revenged their defeat to the Greens earlier in the season. An assured determined performance by us and one that sets up an exciting finish to the season with a home match with Bishop’s Cleeve on Saturday.
Edited From Kidlington FC Website
Evesham: Sawyer, Hancock, Bennett, Turley (Williams 60), Lewis, Liddiard, Bryan (Dunbar 66), Haskayne, Brown, Mann, Preen (Wellon 85).
Unused sub: Mehew