By Liam Moakes 21/03 Updated: 28/03 10:46
THE DISMAL run of form goes on for Evesham United who have now taken just six points from the last nine games following their 2-0 loss at home to promotion-chasing Chesham United on Tuesday.
The defeat, fresh on the back of Saturday's 1-0 loss at Arlesey Town, means the Robins have now lost three successive games and remain two points from safety - effectively three because of an inferior goal difference - in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Tomorrow's visit to an Oxford City outfit still in with an outside chance of clinching the title has now taken on vital importance for Matt Clarke's side, but to stand a chance of picking up any reward they will need to produce a better performance than their midweek effort, which saw the Buckinghamshire visitors ease to a league double over Evesham.
Mark Lambert had cleared an effort off the line from Evesham's top scorer Marcus Palmer before the visitors took a 20th minute lead when Inih Effiong netted with a blistering 25-yard drive.
Danny Talbot and James Potton both went close to adding to the lead before half time and Chesham continued to dominate after the break as Dan Platt made saves from Simon Thomas and Steve Wales.
It was no surprise when Chesham doubled their lead on 68 minutes when a mix-up in the home rearguard allowed Potton a free run on goal and he rounded Platt before tapping in.
Only the fine efforts of Platt kept the scoreline respectable as he twice thwarted the dangerous Thomas and then bravely dived at the feet of substitute Brad Wadkins as he was about to pull the trigger.
EVESHAM'S relegation fears were increased by a 1-0 defeat at resurgent Arlesey Town on Saturday.
The Robins' loss on their first ever visit to the Armadillo Stadium meant Arlesey completed the double over Evesham this season and ensured the hosts continued their remarkable climb away from the drop zone with a fourth successive win.
However, this latest victory for Arlesey was more owing to a lacklustre display from the visitors.
Despite so much being at stake for both sides, the game never reached any great heights and clearcut chances were at a premium.
The hosts' winner arrived in the 17th minute when Chris Marsh beat Evesham keeper Platt with a low drive from the edge of the box.
United's best moment of a dull first half saw Jack Winter cut in from the right but he dragged his shot wide when well placed.
The second half followed suit as both sides struggled to stamp any authority on the match, although Ryan Frater did head over from Lee Allinson's corner for the hosts whilst at the other end James McPike saw his effort scrambled clear.
United's best chance arrived in added time when Cayman international Theron Wood rounded home keeper Nick Bussey but Fabio Buffano got back to clear off the goalline and ensure Arlesey extended their winning run.
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