TWO moments of quality from on-song hotshot Kane Simpson helped Evesham United grind out a 2-0 win over Slimbridge.

Moments of inspiration were few and far between with the visitors showing as much promise as the Robins only to flatter to deceive in the final third.

United keeper Andy Hannah was called on for some useful saves at important times, particularly at 1-0, before Kane Simpson sealed the deal at the other end. 

Striker partner and brother Kye Simpson made the first, cutting inside to drive at the heart of the Slimbridge defence before hitting the base of the post from 20 yards with his sibling coolly tucking the rebound past keeper Lewis Adams in the 58th minute.

And the game was up with four minutes to go when Jacob Davidge guided in from the left for Kane Simpson to jink past Christien Turner and then deceive Adams with another deft touch before steering home.

There was an early chance for Kye Simpson who failed to convert when one-on-one with Adams.

The match ebbed and flowed with little incident until Kane Simpson lifted over Adams from close range only for Dean Turner to hack off the line 15 minutes in. 

Home livewire Marley Thomas could hardly believe his misfortune when a bobbling shot bounced of both posts midway through the first half.

Slimbridge fired a few speculative efforts in response with Hannah forced to push away Myron Turner’s 20-yard drive after half an hour.

The visitors kept probing and worked their way into useful spaces early in the second half, particularly through ex-Evesham youth prospect Ewen Dunbar, and continued to press sporadically having gone behind.

Hannah pushed over a Dunbar curler shortly after Evesham's breakthrough and Slimbridge’s best chance arrived with eight minutes remaining when Jamie Martin’s close-range effort was parried wide by Hannah.

Substitute striker Mark Magee rippled the side netting from the scruffy corner that followed and United punished that profligacy when Kane Simpson pounced at the death.

Evesham: Hannah, Harding (Anson, 75), Tunnicliff, Turley, Williams, Wellon, Thomas, C Brown (Price, 87), Kane Simpson, Kye Simpson (Hancock, 71), Davidge. Unused sub: Major. 

Slimbridge: Adams, F Brown, Brennan, Noakes, Jackson, C Turner, D Turner (Martin, 76), M Turner, Dunbar, Hawes (Magee, 63), King (Smith, 67). Unused sub: Richards. 

Attendance: 245.