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New signing Nathan Modest came off the bench to score a dramatic stoppage-time winner for ten-man Evesham, who stretched their unbeaten run to six games in the Evo-Stik Southern South & West Division. The former Sheffield Wednesday youngster was United`s hero in a win that looked highly unlikely after midfielder Ashley Williams had been sent-off late in the first half. But two goals by the outstanding Matt Sysum and Modest`s late strike bagged all three points for the Red and Whites and blew to pieces Tiverton`s impressive 18 match unbeaten run.
On a poor pitch and in a swirling wind, both sides took time to adapt to the difficult conditions but United looked the more adventerous with Adam Mann and Lance Smith both forcing decent saves out of Tivvy keeper, Joe Perry. United, though, were rewarded for their positive start by going ahead on 19 minutes, when captain Sysum got the final touch to head home Nick Stanley`s free-kick beyond Perry. United`s lead, however, lasted just six minutes before James Mudge levelled for the hosts with a drive past Kevin Sawyer into the far corner. United looked dangerous from set-pieces and from another Stanley deadball delivery, Sysum again towered above the Tiverton defence only to have his header saved by the well placed Perry. Disaster then struck for Paul Collicutt`s men with the dismissal of Williams for a tackle on Owen Howe, a poor decision by the referee and overacting by Howe, which left United to play the remaining 51 minutes with ten men. United then silenced the home crowd by going 2-1 in front on the stroke of half-time, courtesy of Sysum`s superb looping header from another well directed Stanley free-kick.
Striker Mann was sacrificed at the break and replaced by Liam Harding, leaving Smith to play up-top by himself. The switch worked a treat with Tiverton lacking ideas to breakdown United`s hardworking defence and midfield. That was until three minutes from the end, when Michael Williams looked to have earned the home side at least a draw sliding in to convert from close range for 2-2. But with Tiverton still celebrating a hard earned point, there was more drama to come at the opposite end of the park. As the game approached the 7th minute of added-time and the final whistle about to blow, Modest was given the freedom of Ladysmead to run through a non-existent Tiverton defence and coolly round Perry before rolling in a well deserved winner.
EVESHAM UNITED: Sawyer, Dovey, Stanley, Williams, Sysum, Wellon, Brown (Wilson 64), Wood, Mann (Harding 45), Smith (Modest 68), Green.
Subs not used: Binns, Sloggett
Referee: Mr M.Whaley (Plymouth)