Evesham United`s poor run of form in the Calor League South & West Division continued after losing against FA Cup giant-killers Shortwood United at Meadowbank. It was the Robins third successive defeat and leaves Paul Collicutt`s side without a league win on their travels since beating Stratford Town on Boxing Day.
United never looked like ending their disappointing sequence of results and failed to force a noteworthy save out of Tom King in the `Wood goal. In a low key affair Shortwood were always in control without having to get out of second gear all game.
Evesham failed to take advantage of a stiff breeze behind them in the first-half and it was the Nailsworth side who held a one-goal lead at the break. Adam Price made amends for missing a `sitter` moments earlier by slotting in from close range on 40 minutes after United `keeper John Bateman had pushed aside Ross Langworthy`s low cross.
The second-half continued in the same vein with Evesham unable to create an opening in front of goal and an ordinary Shortwood side asking all the questions. And it was Price again who found the back of the net for a second time on 57 minutes, waltzing through the Evesham defence before planting a neat finish past the diving Bateman to effectively end the game as a contest. The introduction of three substitutes failed to make an impact for out-of-sorts United with Shortwood content to sit on their lead. Carl Brown did flash a header over and Ed Williams in his last match before returning to Cheltenham Town, scoop a shot wide but the result was never in doubt long before the final whistle.
Bateman, Wilson, Mansell, Wellon, Axton, Watkin, Kennedy (Barnfield 78), Brown, Palmer (Jackson 58), Vercesi, Williams (Eyre 73).
SUBS NOT USED: Tambling and Davis.
REFEREE: Mr D.Sallis (Bromyard)