Robins' miserable run continues as West takes charge permanently

By Liam Moakes Wednesday 07 November 2012 Updated: 07/11 15:42

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EVESHAM UNITED suffered their fourth defeat in five Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West matches as they were beaten 3-2 at Cinderford Town on Tuesday.

The loss in the Forest of Dean followed Saturday's miserable 1-0 defeat at home to Bridgwater Town and meant caretaker boss Paul West had overseen two successive setbacks after enjoying victory in his opening game in charge.

On Wednesday 42-year-old West was then installed as the Robins' permanent new boss and means he is back in the hotseat on a permanent basis just a year after resigning following more than five years in charge of the club.

Evesham were soon trailing on Tuesday as Lewis Sommers fired the hosts ahead in the eighth minute with a low drive past keeper Tom Cross, but the Robins hit back to score twice in the opening ten minutes of the second half.

The talisman was again Simon Fitter who levelled the score with an unstoppable free kick after Marcus Palmer had been hauled down on the edge of the area and then the midfielder produced a wonderful finish from 40 yards which saw the ball sail over home keeper Alex Harris to put the Robins ahead.

However, Cinderford equalised midway through the second half when Matt Barnes' delivery from the right was headed in by Alex Evans before at the other end Gavin Hurren was inches away from converting Fitter's superb free kick.

The visitors were to return home empty-handed though as with three minutes remaining Scott Wilson got clear down the right and slipped the ball past the advancing Cross with the United defence nowhere to be seen.

On Saturday Evesham suffered their fourth league defeat in front of their own supporters this season as they were undone by a late Bridgwater Town goal.

Despite Henry Eze going close in the opening minute, chances dried up for United for the rest of the game and it was Bridgwater who always looked the more likely winners.

Former Evesham defender Zayne Simpson planted a couple of shots into the side netting and Craig Veal drove across the face of an unguarded goal as United struggled to get their game together.

Evesham's best chance of an uninspiring first half saw Town keeper Luke Purnell diving full length to push aside Neil Mackenzie's powerful drive.

The second half belonged to the visitors from Somerset who constantly tested Cross on his debut in the Robins' goal.

Three times in quick succession the former Banbury United keeper had to be at his best to make important saves from Kye Mountford, Veal and Jon Vance.

Cross, however, was given no chance to prevent the game's only goal with six minutes remaining when Simpson's free kick on the left found its way to striker Vance who swept the ball home from ten yards.

Evesham pressed in the closing stages but the Bridgwater rearguard held firm to register their second win on the road this season.

Evesham now have to pick themselves up for tomorrow's trip to leaders Hungerford Town as they look to get their faltering bid for a play-off place back on track.

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