FC Wiltshire travelled to play Evesham United Development Centre at the Jubilee stadium last weekend. As expected the newly formed Evesham United team came up against a well refined unit and exceptional players in the Wiltshire team.
Initially the Evesham players did very to hold off the Wiltshire attacks and created some of their own, however after the first 10 minutes Wiltshire scored their first when an excellent through ball combined with the pace and strength of James Stobbart allowed a one on one with the keeper which was converted at the second attempt. The second Wiltshire goal was scored by Euan Turner who struck the ball powerfully and accurately from the edge of the box.
In the second quarter, Evesham settled into the game and were starting to compete at the level required. More attacks from Evesham resulted in their first and only goal of the game. Kier Mallen managed to evade the oncoming midfields and create enough space to coolly and accurately curl the ball into the top corner of the goal from outside the box.
After half time, Wiltshire continued to play excellent football, especially when on the attack which caused problems for Evesham who were hit by some defensive injuries and weakened by the resulting changes in their formation. The skill and clever football by Wiltshire was rewarded with more goals despite some fantastic saves from Aiden Shelton and the fantastic efforts shown by the rest of the Evesham squad. Goals from Alfie Green, Daniel Skinner, Otis Newbury, Edward Cooke and Stobbart secured the 7-1 win for Wiltshire.
Despite the result both managers were able to leave the stadium with a positive outlook for the season due to the pure effort, determination and skill put in by all the players.