A disputed penalty fifteen minutes from time denied Evesham United victory at Fairfax Park in the Evo-Stik Southern South & West. Dave Pearse levelled for the hosts from 12 yards after Tom Legg`s driven cross had inadvertently struck Richard Mansell on the elbow. Earlier Jamal Clarke fired United ahead in first half stoppage time. The defender who was forced to play as a make-shift striker, latched onto Leigh Downing`s inch perfect pass before slipping the ball past keeper Luke Purnell.

Jamal Clarke scored his first of season

Jamal Clarke scored his first of season

Clarke had gone close leading up to the goal, prodding Leon Kandekore`s cross just wide of an upright and then sending a piledriver over the crossbar during the early exchanges of the second half. After Pearce`s equaliser, United skipper Matt Sysum headed Simon Fitter`s free-kick into the arms of Purnell.

But it was Bridgwater playing their 13th game in 25 days, who went closest to grabbing a late winner when Steve Fitzpatrick struck the outside of a post with the game deep into added time.


McNamara, Wilson, Mansell, Sysum, Jackson, J.Blake, Downing, Fitter, Kandekore, Clarke, Gould.
Subs not used: Turner, Jones, Hands, A.Blake, Thomasson.

Referee: Mr M.Derrien (Dorchester)

Attendance: 91


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