A strong second half performance against relegation threatened Winchester City enabled Evesham United to extend their unbeaten run in the Evo-Stik Southern South & West to four games after a convincing 3-1 win at a sparse DenPlan Stadium. The victory was United`s first since the Boxing Day success over Bishops Cleeve and 4th on the road for Paul West`s side this season.
The Robin`s made one change to the side that drew with Abingdon United last time out, Leigh Downing coming in for Simon Fitter, while leading scorer Marcus Palmer was looking to end a two month drought without a goal. Winchester who were trounced 6-1 by Yate in their last game, stunned United by taking a 6th minute lead. Keeper Tom Cross parried Liam Robinson`s shot and Louis Blackmore reacted quickest to turn the ball home. Evesham were positive in their response and deservedly levelled on 18 minutes. Sam Adkins delivered a dangerous free kick which was glanced in by Palmer to move his tally for the season onto 13. The rest of the half was low key, Carl Brown did go close on a couple of occasions for United and Robinson flashed a shot wide for the hosts.
Evesham came out with intent after the break and within six minutes had taken the lead. A corner on the left found its way to Brown who forced the ball home for his 2nd goal in two games. Palmer and Downing both struck the Winchester woodwork as Evesham looked to finish the game off and they did just that with nine minutes to go. Good work down the right between substitute Leon Kandekore and Palmer ended with the latter`s cross being turned in by Will Gayton at the back post for Evesham`s first victory in 2013.
EVESHAM UNITED: Cross, Wilson, Hyde, Sysum, Jackson, J.Blake, Downing, Adkins, Palmer (Hicks 89), Brown (Kandekore 75), Gayton.
Subs not used : Clarke, Hardwick and A.Blake.
Referee : Mr W.Bull (Southampton)
Attendance : 58