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Robins hunt for further away joy
1:40pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
EVESHAM United visit North Leigh on Saturday (3pm) aiming to record a second away win of the season.
Shaun Cunnington’s side tasted success for the first time on their travels in Southern League Division One South and West on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory at Didcot Town.
Goals from Carl Brown, Nat Lewars and Lance Smith were enough to collect the three points against the managerless Oxfordshire outfit.
The Robins were below strength for the game but turned on the style as they dominated the match from start to finish, creating a hatful of chances.
Torrential rain, thunder and lightning failed to dampen Evesham spirits who, after continuous pressure, deservedly took the lead on 18 minutes.
Lewars made ground down the right before crossing low and hard to the onrushing Brown who made no mistake with a first-time finish past Railwaymen keeper Kieran Beesley.
Didcot were unable to get out of their own half and soon after the goal Joel Meade cleared off the line from Lewars after the young striker had rounded Beesley.
Evesham’s fast flowing football was rewarded again in the 27th minute when Lewars found the net after winning a challenge with Beesley before rolling the ball into an empty net.
Before half-time, another goaline clearance from Meade prevented the hardworking Smith from firing the Robins further ahead. Inside 60 seconds of the second-half, Beesley kept out Lewars from point-blank range but from the resulting corner the keeper suffered an injury and was replaced by defender Sam Elkins.
Beesley’s deputy proved a capable replacement with excellent saves from Smith and then Linden Dovey.
A period of sustained pressure from the Robins saw Elkins produce a series of fine saves to keep his side in the game but was eventually beaten by Smith in stoppage-time.
Brown broke clear from the halfway line and picked out Smith at the back post who calmly collected the goal his performance deserved.