EVESHAM United's play-off push is gathering momentum as their unbeaten start to the year continued with a 2-1 win over Bemerton Heath Harlequins on Saturday.

The Robins took the lead in the 18th minute when the in-form Ethan Moran fired home following Levi Steele's knockdown.

Bemerton equalised eight minutes before half-time through Remus Nixon but The Robins retook the lead two minutes later when Charlie Wise nodded home from a Moran corner.

Moran went close to scoring again before the break and Steele had a couple of chances to do the same in the second-half, but there would be no further goals as the hosts held on to secure a 2-1 victory.

The result - a fourth win in five league matches - means they remain in the play-off positions and are still on course for a second consecutive season in the semi-finals.

After the game, manager Mike Ford was full of praise for Moran: "In the last two months, Ethan has got to grips with his role in the team. There is no doubting the kid has outstanding talent.

"He has goals in him and that warrants his place in the team but he has come to terms with his defensive duties. As a wide player, if you can combine defence and attack, the quality you have will take care of itself.

"He probably thinks I am a bit unfair on him at times but I want him to keep his foot on the pedal because he is contributing massively to us as a team."

Ford continued: "It was a really good performance from us, we were on the front foot. We needed that first goal after their bright start and we got it and from there we were in control.

"We didn't get that second and then they score a little bit out of nothing, a great strike, but then we go up the other end and score again.

"From start to finish, we were well worthy of the three points. In an ideal world, we would have scored more goals but it was a really hard-earned three points."