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Academy ace Nat strikes on his debut
9:20am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
EVESHAM United and Swindon Supermarine played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Southern League Division One South and West.
Swindon arrived at the Jubilee Stadium in second spot and looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games.
Evesham were without several regulars but were more than a match for the title contenders and unlucky not to claim a second home league win of the season.
Evesham academy player Nat Lewars made light work of stepping up from the reserves, scoring on his debut and proving a handful for the Marine defence.
Lewars was first to threaten, bursting into the box before firing over and then John Bateman made a fine save at the other end to deny Marine’s leading scorer Ashley Edenborough.
On 20 minutes, United defender Adam Millard, up for a Mitchell Botfield corner, powered a header that looked destined for the net only for Kent Kauppinen to produce a point-blank save.
A period of pressure was rewarded with Evesham taking the lead on 32 minutes.
A surging run into the box by Lewars ended with Jake Johns heading the ball into his own net.
The lead lasted until firsthalf stoppage time when Edenborough levelled for the visitors, capitalising on poor defending from the hosts.
The second-half was 17 minutes old when Lewars claimed his first senior goal for the club with a powerful drive past Kauppinen into the bottom corner.
Bateman kept United’s lead intact with brilliant fulllength saves from Edenborough and substitute Ben Whitehead but was beaten when Edenborough bundled in Swindon’s equaliser with six minutes left.
Carl Brown had an opportunity to win it for United at the death but Kauppinen’s outstretched leg denied the striker a last-gasp winner.
- Katie Armento and Sophie Griffiths both scored hattricks as Evesham United Ladies won 9-0 at Drakes Broughton Rangers Ladies in their latest Herefordshire and Worcestershire Women’s League clash.
The pair both completed their trebles before the halftime break.
Laura Pearce (2) and Immy Wray completed the rout for the visitors.