Memory Lane – Evesham United FC v Halesowen Town – Saturday 12th October 2019 – The Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium

Image courtesy of Phil Britt Photos

This was a windy October Saturday and having visited my parents, I went to watch Evesham play Halesowen Town (who play a league above them in Step 4), in the FA Trophy Preliminary Round.

The Evesham stadium is modern, set on land surrounded by hills a little outside the town. The ground has a main stand and a decent clubhouse and refreshment provision and the ground was busy.

Image from a seat in the main stand.

The Halesowen Town away fans are apparently known as “The Yeltz” and made a huge noise throughout the game with their drummer and despite being exposed to a strong wind!!

“The Yeltz”

The game was evenly fought with some tough tackling and Evesham defensive action being a key feature. Evesham had made a decent start to the season, as the matchday programme league table reflected. While they played well you could see they still lacked confidence themselves in the final third.

Matchday programme shows the League at 05/10/19

It took a while for Halesowen to break through, but just before half-time they edged in front with a sliding shot from inside the box, which the Evesham keeper appeared to misjudge.

Halesowen pressed for a second throughout the second half going close repeatedly.

Image courtesy of Phil Britt Photos

Finally, on 81 minutes, Harry Franklin headed in a corner with his first Evesham goal to send the match into a replay.

Image courtesy of Phil Britt Photos
Image courtesy of Phil Britt Photos

The replay, on Tuesday night of the same week, resulted in a more predictable 3-0 win for Halesowen. It reflected how well a battling Evesham had played in this game.

The YouTube link from the Evesham club website below shows the full highlights of the game:

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