By Liam Moakes Wednesday 30 January 2013 Updated: 30/01 16:31
EVESHAM UNITED'S first home match of 2013 ended in a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Cirencester Town on Saturday.
The match offered little excitement for the 223 spectators and showed why Robins boss Paul West has been keen to add new recruits to his squad over the past week as United bid to ensure their Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West status for next season.
The hosts certainly appeared rusty as they returned to action after a weather-enforced two-week break, but in fairness a cold and biting wind was never likely to make for a great spectacle.
Indeed, the biggest credit has to go to the sterling work of United's groundsman and band of volunteers who shifted tonnes of snow off the pitch 24 hours earlier which enabled the game to go ahead after a 9.45am inspection.
Leading scorer Marcus Palmer returned to Evesham's starting line-up, midfielder Simon Fitter started on the bench following his completion of a three-match ban and skipper Matt Sysum faced his former club for the first time.
Cirencester - three places above United having played a game more - looked the sharper in the first half as Leigh Henry and Ben Wells went close and Ellis Dunton thumped a header against the United crossbar from Josh Morse's corner kick.
The second period was scrappy and both sides were guilty of giving the ball away on numerous occasions.
Evesham keeper Tom Cross had to dive full stretch to get a hand to Aiden Bennett's drive, whilst a couple of half chances fell United's way which went unconverted.
Cirencester pressed in the closing stages but found the home defence in defiant mood and, with Sysum in commanding form at the back, the Robins did enough to earn a share of the spoils.
Evesham are back in action at the Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium tomorrow when they host Mangotsfield United and then have another home game on Tuesday when Abingdon United are the visitors.
The postponed matches at Poole Town and at home to Wimborne Town have been rearranged for Tuesdays February 19 and March 5 respectively.
EVESHAM United Supporters Club host the first of a series of events taking place at the club tonight (Friday) when they stage a bingo night.
Doors open at 7pm and it will be eyes down at 7.30pm. All are welcome.
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