Evesham 1st XV suffered a third straight league defeat to an energetic Woodrush side on Saturday. The visitors, with a reputation for playing fast open rugby, stuck to their task and for the first 20 minutes totally dominated the home side.
Evesham's defence though was outstanding and thwarted wave after wave of attacks. The only points that Woodrush could muster were three penalties through full back Steve Smart.
Evesham though did eventually claw themselves back into match and were unlucky not to cross the line themselves. Richard Moger and Sam Huckvale were making in-roads through the Woodrush backline and only last ditch tackles stop the home side from scoring.
Evesham did get on the scoreboard just before half time through a Dave Marsh penalty. The second half was a similar affair to the first with both sides throwing everything into attack. Eveshams back row of Sam Garrett, Ed Baldwin and skipper Liam Green were having strong games and turning over good ball for the Evesham backline to use.
Evesham now were slightly in the ascendancy and thought Woodrush were there for the taking. After a period of sustained pressure, [censored] Henry Webb crashed over the line for a deserved try.
Marsh's conversion gave Evesham a one point lead. Soon after this, Evesham felt they had scored a second perfectly good try by Matt Grove but had the try ruled out for foul play. Woodrush themselves came back into the game and took lead again with 10 minutes to go with another Smart penalty.
The last 10 minutes were pure theatre with both sides throwing everything into defence and attack. Heartbreakingly for Evesham, Woodrush did just enough to hang on and sneak a deserved victory.
Next week Evesham are on league duty again when they host old foes Kerseley. Kick off 2.30