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Robins in search of FA Cup boost
4:30pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
EVESHAM United bid to give their early-season league struggles a boost with an FA Cup success on Saturday.
The Robins host Midland Combination Premier Division highfliers Bolehall Swifts in the preliminary round at the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium (3pm).
New manager Shaun Cunnington’s third-from-bottom side are yet to win in Calor Southern League Division One South and West after four fixtures.
Evesham collected a point from a 1-1 derby draw at home to newly-promoted Stratford Town on Bank Holiday Monday.
But last season’s Midland Alliance champions levelled with 10 minutes left after Marcus Palmer’s third goal of the season gave the Robins a 65thminute lead.
Depleted through injury and unavailability, United had the better of the first-half with Palmer twice getting behind the Stratford defence only to drag his shot wide on both occasions.
Young Stratford goalkeeper Sam Brady was at full stretch to touch over Jared Wilson’s 25- yard piledriver.
United’s Matt Sysum made a brave last-ditch challenge on Stratford’s Phil Green at the start of the second period, while at the other end Brady saved at the second attempt from Palmer.
But Evesham got their noses in front when Palmer headed home from Daniel Holloway’s excellent right-wing delivery.
Palmer forced Brady to save after collecting Andre Rodrigues’ through-ball and racing clear but the visitors scored.
Former United player Simeon Tulloch made ground down the left before picking out substitute Richard Gregory who rounded keeper John Bateman and shot home. Neither keeper was tested after this and, despite a late rally from the hosts, the spoils were shared.
It was, however, a big improvement after Evesham’s 6-0 weekend thrashing at Wimborne Town and the Robins now hope to taste success for the first time this season when they embark on the cup trail on Saturday.
Evesham: Bateman, Jackson, Wilson, Richards, Sysum, Botfield, Holloway, Barnfield, Palmer, Rodrigues (Magee 75), Williams. Subs not used: Millward, Brown, Dovey. Attendance: 299.