Evesham United made it three games without defeat under new manager Paul Collicutt brushing aside Yate Town 3-0 in the Calor League South & West, who themselves arrived at the Jubilee Stadium unbeaten in six. United never looked back after going ahead early on and it`s now seven points out of a possible nine for the Robins since Collicutt`s appointment last  month.

Botfield: Scored on birthday

Botfield: Scored on birthday

It took Carl Brown just five minutes to put the hosts ahead, slicing through the Yate defence to fire a low drive beyond keeper Martin Horsell. Shortly afterwards, Joe Chandler produced a last-ditch tackle on Brown to prevent the striker from extending United`s lead. In a rare moment of action at the opposite end, former Bristol Rovers winger Ross Staley thumped a shot against the United woodwork but it was Collicutt`s side that went on to dominate the rest of the half. Horsell was next to deny Brown saving with his feet but he was beaten for a second time on 34 minutes. Skipper Richard Mansell made a surging run into the Yate box only to be pushed to the ground by Mitch Tippins. Mitchell Botfield stepped-up on his 20th birthday to send Horsell the wrong way with a well placed penalty-kick. Before half-time, Brown was unlucky not to find the target again when his lob over the advancing Horsell landed on the roof of the net.

Staley, Yate`s most dangerous player tested United stopper John Bateman during the opening exchanges of the second-half but that was the closest the Bluebells went to clawing their way back in the game. Evesham substitute Elliot Kennedy, on his debut, shot across the face of an un-guarded goal and then the impressive Lance Smith did likewise with no colleague on hand to turn the ball home. In between, Kennedy`s cross to the near post was glanced inches over by the diving Smith. Two minutes from time, Jared Wilson who had an excellent game made ground down the right before crossing to the unmarked Kennedy who tapped-in for 3-0 at the back post to reward United for another hardworking and disciplined display.

EVESHAM UNITED: Bateman, Wilson, Mansell, Barnfield, Dovey, Millard (Davis 45), Jackson, Botfield, Smith, Vercesi (Tambling 70), Brown (Kennedy 55).
SUBS NOT USED: Sherry and Holloway.

REFEREE : Mr A.Matthews (Stroud)


Pictures by Stuart Purfield


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