EVESHAM began their Midlands Three West (South) campaign with a 16-13 win at Pinley.
Nathan Chambers and Zac Reid both scored tries, while Mike Diston kicked two penalties in the second-half.
A much-changed Vale team made a good start and took the lead when they forced a Pinley scrum back on the hosts’ five-metre line for Chambers to score. The conversion was missed.
The hosts, however, got within inches of going over at the other end and it needed them to concede a penalty to diffuse the situation.
Reid, making his debut for the first team, accepted a pass to round his marker to score for 10-0, although the conversion was missed.
Pinley rallied well and finished the first-half the stronger team with two penalties reducing their arrears to 10-6 at the break.
The hosts struck first at the start of the second period when a kick over the defence towards the corner flag took a horrible bounce and left full-back Diston flat-footed as Pinley scored. With the
conversion successful, Evesham were 13-10 down.
The visitors drew level at 13-13 with a Diston penalty and continued to work tirelessly in defence in an attempt to stop Pinley gaining momentum.
Ben Dzickaniece was effective both in the tight and in the loose, while Robinson and Sam Huckvale put in some big hits.
Pinley missed a series of penalties and Evesham made them pay as Diston kicked three points of his own after a scrum had collapsed.
The hosts were reduced to 14 men in the closing stages and Diston missed a lastgasp penalty to increase Evesham’s lead.
Evesham host Cheltenham North on Saturday.