EVESHAM United's promotion bandwagon hit a bump in the road when Bideford made off with the points on Saturday.

Paul Collicutt's men led at half-time thanks to Kye Simpson's strike just before the interval but their Devon-based opponents completed a rousing second-half fightback.

Bideford created their fair share of chances before the break with Sean Downing firing straight at Evesham keeper Andy Hannah in the seventh minute before Kane Simpson threatened at the other end without getting off a clean shot.

Hannah was forced into a couple more saves before United took the lead in the 42nd minute when Nick Hancock’s searching pass found Kye Simpson who found the back of the net from a tight angle.

However, the visitors levelled two minutes after half-time when Ryan Turner’s cross-shot eluded Hannah and then the unmarked Billy Tucker fired Bideford ahead on the hour mark from inside the area.

That seemed to jolt Evesham back into life but Kane Simpson was unable to convert brother Cory’s cross from close range before the hosts had an effort cleared off the line.

The game was up 16 minutes from time when Joel Randall got on the end of a Downing pass to score the third and send United down to the fifth and lowest play-off spot in Southern League Division One South, albeit with a six-point cushion over the pursuing pack.

Robins: Hannah, Dovey, Wellon (Davidge, 76), Turley, Anson, Harding (Williams, 63), Thomas, Hancock, Kane Simpson, Kye Simpson (Davies, 63), C Simpson. Unused subs: Brown, Haskayne.

Attendance: 237.