Robins push high-flyers all the way

By Liam Moakes Wednesday 20 February 2013 Updated: 20/02 10:10

EVESHAM UNITED gave proof of their new-found resilience in their matches against title favourites Poole Town and promotion hopefuls Swindon Supermarine but they only emerged with one point to show for their efforts.

Paul West's team were good value for their 0-0 draw at Swindon on Saturday and then a makeshift Robins side showed impressive resilience on the south coast on Tuesday evening as Poole were made to work hard for their 1-0 victory.

Although Tuesday's defeat ended Evesham's five-match Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West run, the 13th placed Robins will be confident of kicking on again with key players back in their ranks, although another tough fixture awaits tomorrow in the shape of the visit of leaders Hungerford Town to the Jubilee Stadium.

Evesham went into the midweek clash missing numerous regulars through work commitments and injury and were forced to name a number of inexperienced teenagers on the bench.

The kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes following the late arrival of the match officials and honours were even at the break as both sides struggled to fashion clearcut chances.

However, Poole bagged the winner in the 55th minute when Dan Cann set up Adam Kelly to convert from close range and this proved enough for the Dolphins to complete a league double over Evesham.

On Saturday at Swindon the sides were met by a heavy pitch which had passed a late pitch inspection but United adapted better in the first half and looked more dangerous in the final third.

Robins skipper Matt Sysum twice went close from set pieces and top scorer Marcus Palmer was unable to find the target after getting behind the Swindon back four.

Marine then went close with the half drawing to a close when Josh Parsons struck the outside of a post.

After the restart Swindon upped the tempo but found the Evesham defence - superbly marshalled by Sysum - difficult to break down.

Indeed, two good opportunities to clinch maximum points fell Evesham's way as good work by Leigh Downing ended with James Blake firing just over and then substitute Leon Kandekore's header was gathered low down by home stopper Kent Kauppinen.

Swindon pressed for a late winner and forced Tom Cross to make saves from Parsons and Ashley Edenborough whilst at the other end Sam Adkins was not far away with a volley that flew just over.

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