Evesham United 1, Shepshed Dynamo 2

EVESHAM United's Jekyll and Hyde season continued last Saturday but unfortunately for Phil Mullen's men the good doctor never called, writes Mick Clewes.

A distinctly below par performance saw the visitors who were lying in 15th place in the table take three points back to Leicestershire.

Conceding a goal after just ten minutes was not what was prescribed as Shepshed took the game to Evesham from the outset.

Kirk Master curled a low free-kick around the Robins' defensive wall that managed to beat keeper Danny Watson after cannoning of both posts.

Full back Andy Smith was the home side's inspiration as both Andy Hodgetts and Dean Roberts should have done better when presented with clear heading opportunities from his excellent crosses.

Despite Evesham's rallying start to the second period it was Shepshed's Richard Tanner who increased his team's lead after 50 minutes when he volleyed home a cross from the right which evaded the Evesham back line.

Roberts had another great chance when Phil Preedy's left wing run and cross saw him head wide and prompted Mullen to make an immediate substitution bringing on Brown and Pendleton for the luckless Roberts and Lutz.

Evesham had cause to thank an eagle-eyed linesman when he spotted Shepshed keeper Dean Thomas step outside his area when clearing the ball upfield.

After Guy Hadland's resulting free-kick was charged down Mark Wolsey volleyed home from 20 yards to give the home side some hope but despite the introduction of assistant boss Paul Davies it was the visitors in purple who looked the more likely to score as Master, in particular, continued to torment Evesham's defence.