EVESHAM started slowly and were forced into a couple of early substitutions due to injuries. Despite this the home side scored first through Jake Shotton, who has rewarded for chasing down a well judged kick from Mike Harris. Harris converted the try but the visitors hit back immediately, capitalising on an Evesham handling error in midfield, they scored a simple try.
Evesham controlled much of the remainder of the game in terms of territory but only managed to score once more.
Another good kick over the top from Harris forced Malvern to concede a penalty 10 metres out. Iain Stoddart drove for the line but was stopped just short, quick ball was spread wide for Wilf Watson to score. However poor discipline from Evesham let Malvern back in with a second try just before half-time, to leave the score at 12-10.
The second-half was a story of missed opportunities for Evesham as handling errors littered their play throughout. Despite good work from back row forwards Matt Camp, Alex Stoddart and man-of-the-match Iain Stoddart at the breakdown they couldn’t prevent a Malvern try midway through the half which proved enough to win the game. To their credit Evesham did not give in and piled intense pressure on Malvern but just lacked a bit of composure to get back on terms.
Evesham travel to Dudley Kingswinford next week for the second round of the North Midlands Cup.
(Picture: Alex Stoddart in action at the lineout supported by Sam Wright and Kurtis Thornton)