A second-half hat-trick by Josh Parsons put paid to Evesham`s hopes of making it three wins on the bounce at the Webb`s Wood Stadium on Tuesday night. The Swindon striker struck three times in ten minutes to keep the home side in third spot in the Calor League South & West.
Evesham were the better side leading to the goals and dominated the play-off hopefuls for over an hour. The first-half was all United but a series of near misses resulted in half-time arriving with the scores blank. The energetic Marcus Jackson three times went close early on and Lance Smith shot into the sidenetting after rounding keeper Sam Warrell. Swindon were penned in their own half and leading up to the interval Joey Smith glanced Richard Mansell`s corner just over at the near post and then Jackson and Lance Smith tested Warrell with first-time shots that were well saved.
Ben Evans who made a promising debut for the Robins, went close on the hour after playing a neat one-two with Carl Brown on the edge of the Swindon box. However, three quick-fire goals for the hosts turned the game on its head. Parsons got his first on 70 minutes with a speculative free-kick that found its way past Louie Barnfather into the bottom corner. Seven minutes later a trip on Ashley Edenborough in the box resulted in Parsons making it 2-0 from the penalty spot. Moments later Parsons completed his hat-trick with another free-kick awarded just outside the box. This knocked the stuffing out of United who continued to battle to the end but were unable to find a way past `Marine stopper Warrell.
Barnfather, Tambling, Mansell, J.Smith, Wellon, Sauntson, M.Jackson, N.Jackson (Dovey 70), L.Smith, Brown, Evans (Hayes 82).
SUBS NOT USED: Wilson and Hitchman.
REFEREE: Mr B.James (Carterton)