Unbeaten Robins begin home matches with goalless draw

Unbeaten Robins begin home matches with goalless draw

Unbeaten Robins begin home matches with goalless draw

First published in Tewkesbury

EVESHAM United remain unbeaten in Southern League Division One South and West but were held to a 0-0 draw by Bridgwater Town at the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium.

Robins manager Paul Collicutt named the same starting 11 that trounced Bishops Cleeve 5-0 in midweek as last season’s top-scorer Lance Smith had to make do with a place on the bench after returning from holiday.

Home keeper Kevin Sawyer was the first to be tested, holding onto Karim Rendall’s drive before the woodwork prevented striker Ashley Edenborough from firing United ahead.

The summer signing’s shot thumped against the crossbar with Town keeper Ben John beaten.

Sawyer then produced the save of the match when he somehow managed to touch over Ollie Chamberlain’s shot from close range when the Bridgwater forward looked certain to find the back of the net.

The rest of the first period belonged to the home side but half-chances that fell their way were not converted.

A number of goalmouth scrambles were cleared by the Town defence and efforts from Jared Wilson, Smith — on for the limping Edenborough — and Ethan Moore were all wide of the target.

The second-half followed suit with Evesham looking the more likely to score and Bridgwater relying on the pace of Rendall to counter-attack.

Several free-kicks were awarded to Evesham in good positions around the visitors’ box but they all came to nothing.

It was left to veteran Marcus Jackson to create the best opening when he sprinted down the right and fired the ball across the face of goal but nobody was on hand for a simple tap-in at the far post.

The game finished on a sour note when Bridgwater substitute Karl Tooze lashed out at Elliot Kennedy in injury-time and was shown a red card for his actions.

Evesham: Sawyer, Jackson, Binns, Wilson, Sysum, Dovey, Kennedy, Wood, Edenborough (Smith 26), Moore (Slack 76), Watts (Evans 60). Subs not used: Wellon, Tambling.

Attendance: 183.

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