It was Second playing third as Stourbridge travelled to the Vale on a soggy February morning.
Stourbridge were hot off the blocks and provided the early pressure in the game. The game then settled down into a more even affair, and both sides did their best to provide some good passing on a sticky surface. Lots of effort, but little in the way of clear cut chances to report on, and the quarter ended 0-0.
The second period provided instant results, Cobey Endacott-Hudson broke through and slotted home from close range within the first minute. Evesham doubled their lead 5 mins later when Charlie Cant broke into the RHS of the box and layed the ball back to Cobey E-H who fired in from the edge of the box, 2-0. Evesham scored again 2 mins later when Fletcher Ford headed in from a James Batchelor corner; three goals in 7 devastating mins making it 3-0. Stourbridge were not down and out, and forced a good save from Ben Matthews in the Evesham goal before the lively Finley Holmes fired home from the RHS of the box to give Stourbridge a lifeline, 3-1 at half time.
The third quarter was all action and commitment from both sides. With the surface starting to cut up, the play became scrappy at times, however full credit to both sides who kept trying to play football. Perhaps the closest chance in the quarter came from an Evesham corner which broke to Cobey E-H who fired towards goal, however Max Reynolds in the Stourbridge goal made a triple save before stopping the ball bravely on the line with Ben Gudger closing in. The challenges continued through the period with the defensive units (notably Luke Gudger, Charlie Cant and Charlie Jessop) showing great resolve. A degree of skill from both sides, however but no goals and the quarter ended 3-1.
Into the final period, and the pace stepped down from Q3, perhaps due to the conditions or efforts expended. No significant chances in the first 10 mins, however Stourbridge made a bold play with a triple substitution with 10 to play, as the rain started to come down. Both sides had attempts at goal, however it was Evesham who scored again, Ben Gudger showing endeavour to get behind the defence into the RHS of the box before cutting back to Cian Sheehan to fire in to make it 4-1.
A competitive game, with both sets of players fully committed and trying to keep the ball on the floor on a challenging surface.
Good luck to Stourbridge for the remainder of the season.
|1||Benjamin Matthews (GK)|
|1||Max Reynolds (GK)|