Edenborough nets equaliser as Robins draw

Edenborough nets equaliser as Robins draw

Edenborough nets equaliser as Robins draw

First published in Sport

EVESHAM United fought out an entertaining 1-1 draw against Evo-Stik Northern Premier League newcomers Stourbridge in the latest pre-season friendly at the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium.

Once again striker Ashley Edenborough proved a shrewd summer signing by manager Paul Collicutt with a superb second- half equaliser to earn the Robins a deserved share of the spoils against their higher graded opponents.

Stourbridge, switched from the Southern League this summer, created the better chances in the first-half.

Ben Billingham and Louie Harris both went close before keeper Kevin Sawyer, Evesham's skipper for the evening, made smart saves to deny Joshua Morgan-Parker, Billingham and Kyle Haynes.

The Glassboys' pressure was finally rewarded in the final minute of the half when George Washbourne's deflected shot sent Sawyer the wrong way.

Evesham improved dramatically after the re-start courtesy of a number of substitutions.

Lance Smith was unable to get a touch to Elliot Kennedy's low cross to the near post and then had an effort charged down following Sean Wood's quickly taken free-kick.

Keeper Dean Coleman then denied Edenborough with a brave block but could do little to stop Edenborough's equaliser, the former Swindon Supermarine striker netting with a sublime finish after receiving Wood's inch-perfect pass.

Good vision by Wood soon after the goal picked-out Jack Watts but the youngster was unable to get a decent strike on the ball with only Coleman in his sights.

Sawyer prevented Stourbridge from snatching a late winner when he saved Billingha,'s free-kick at full stretch.

Evesham United: Sawyer, Sauntson (Jackson 45), Wellon, Wilson (Harding 71), Sysum, Dovey, Evans (Tambling 67), Drake (Wood 45), Smith (Watts 50), Edenborough, Slack (Kennedy 45).

Subs not used: Saunders, Goddard and Baldwin.

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