EVESHAM Rugby Club scored a last-minute converted try to salvage an 18-18 draw at Cheltenham North in Midlands Three West (South).

The draw maintained Evesham’s unbeaten start to their league programme after last season’s promotion from Midlands Four West (South).

Evesham started the better team, looking lively and causing problems.

Mike Diston confidently knocked over two first half penalties for the away.

A sloppy set-piece in Evesham’s own half allowed Cheltenham to cross for a try, which felt a little unjust.

Leading 6-5, Evesham continued to challenge and good link up play then allowed Matthew Watson to power over his opposite number in the corner for a five-point score.Following the break Evesham lost momentum, errors crept in and the discipline slipped. This allowed Cheltenham to kick two penalties and score a further converted try.

Feeling hard done by, Evesham rallied together to push on. Fitness levels prevailed and the away side secured a push over try in the final moments.

Diston struck a magic conversion from the touchline to level the scores.

A draw was probably a fair result and allows Evesham will look to keep up their form in Saturday’s home fixture against Woodrush.