Penalty woe deprives United of maximum points

By Liam Moakes Wednesday 06 February 2013 Updated: 06/02 16:28

Evesham United 1 Abingdon United 1

Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West

IT WAS a tale of two penalties as the Robins were pegged back and had to settle for a point in Tuesday's encounter at the Jubilee Stadium.

Having seen Simon Fitter miss a first half spot kick, Evesham took the lead just before the break through Carl Brown, only for Aaron Woodley to level matters midway through the second half from the penalty spot.

It was a frustrating result for Paul West's side against their lowly visitors, especially on the back of seeing Saturday's scheduled home match against Mangotsfield United fall victim to a waterlogged pitch.

On a windswept night, midfielder Fitter wasted a golden chance to open the scoring from 12 yards in the 16th minute when he fired his penalty kick against the bar after Brown had been fouled.

There was better luck for United three minutes before the break though as Brown turned his marker before finding the bottom corner of the net to open the scoring.

Soon afterwards Brown went close to adding a second goal with a curling effort which went just over, with Abingdon keeper James Foster beaten.

In the opening action of the second half, dangerman Brown rolled a shot against the Abingdon woodwork with Foster nowhere to be seen and, when play switched to the other end, Tom Cross in the Robins' goal saved at the second attempt from Toby Nowell.

However, the writing was on the wall leading up to Abingdon's equaliser on 67 minutes as Jamie Hyde made a clumsy challenge on Nowell in the penalty area and up stepped Woodley to score from the spot.

Abingdon were content to sit on a point and defended in numbers to protect their share of the spoils.

The closest Evesham came to grabbing their first win of 2013 was when substitute Leigh Downing went close after being set up by the hardworking Brown.

The match saw an Evesham debut for centre back Chris Jackson following his move from Banbury United.

The 30-year-old has been on the Robins' radar for a while and manager West made his move after Jackson's first team opportunities at the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division club became limited.

The Robins are in 14th place ahead of tomorrow's visit to Winchester City, who are second bottom but just six points behind United, although they have played two more games.

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