Evesham United 1 vs 0 Sholing
Marcus Palmer’s first half stoppage time goal ensured Evesham’s Evo-Stik Southern South & West campaign got off to a winning start against a strongly fancied Sholing side. Palmer was on hand to turn in Roland Agbor’s cross in United’s first ever game at the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium and take maximum points for Matt Clarke’s new look side.
Evesham were keen to impress after 6 years away and meant business from the start. Skipper Tesfa Robinson, Nick Rhodes and Luke Corbett were all close to finding the target inside the opening 15 minutes. Sholing keeper Matthew Brown then produced a top class save from Corbett as United went in search of the opening goal. This duly arrived in the last action of the half when Palmer became the first goalscorer to find the net in a competitive fixture at the new stadium.
Sholing upped their game after the break and Dean Coleman in the United goal was at his best first saving at the feet of Lee Wort and gathering headers from David Marden and Barry Mason. But it was Evesham who finished the game the strongest. Brown brilliantly kept out substitute Simeon Tulloch’s goal bound volley and could only stand and watch as the same player struck a post. Then in added time, Corbett somehow prodded wide from Tulloch’s pass with the goal at this mercy.
Evesham United: Coleman, Wilson (Williams 78), Hyde, Rhodes, Robinson, Warmer, Downing (Connor 68), Hicks, Corbett, Palmer (Tulloch 78), Agbor.
Referee: S. Jack (Carterton)
Man of the Match: Roland Agbor