Evesham Utd 1 Harriers 0 Report by Morgan Nock
A dull, drab affair unwrapped some silverware for a hungry, lively team at St George's Lane and that team was not Kidderminster Harriers. Evesham United were crowned champions of Worcestershire after a 1-0 victory over the Harriers in the final. A handful of first team players were joined by a host of trialists in a confused looking Harriers team who never really got going and got everything they deserved. A loss at the hands of an average opposition.
It took half an hour for the first real attempt on target when Evesham forward Mark Owen got on the end of Jamie Hydes' cross to force the simplest of saves out of Jasbir Singh. A minute later and it was Kidderminster hitting the target through Chris Seekings who hit a curling, yet tame shot, at Joe Perry who collected carefully.
Just before half time Andy Lindegaard whistled a shot round the post from 25 yards ending a slow first half.
Lindegaard was again the man having a go for Kidderminster with a similar shot to his one in the first half. This one again missed the target.
From the goal kick Evesham shot up the other end and won a free kick that was swung in and Mark Owen, the bright Evesham forward, flicked the ball goalward but only into the outstretched arm of keeper Singh.
On 57 minutes Evesham had another free-kick and they got their rewards as the ball was swung in and Mark Owen was again first to react. His original shot pushed out acrobatically by Singh only for Owen to be following in with the rebound and making no mistake to give Evesham the lead.
Tom Sharpe picked up the ball about 25 yards out from the Harriers goal and, in pedestrian mode, played an easy pass across to Zac Costello but the alert Mark Owen intercepted the pass. If it weren't for an inch perfect recovering tackle from Sharpe a two goal cushion would have surely opened.
Nathan Hayward was next at fault giving the ball away to Owen with a similar silly backward pass right into his path. Owen, not trusting his tired legs, opted for the early shot forcing only a comfortable save from Singh.
A disappointing end to what could have ended our poor run in the WSC but obviously it wasn't to be..
There's always next year!
Evesham Utd 1 Harriers 0
The silverware cupboard remains bare for another year at Aggborough following this defeat to Evesham Utd in last seasons Worcester Senior Cup. Yes, I did say last season because that's when it should have been played but a back log of fixtures while we battled for a play off place put the game on ice until tonight.
With very few of the probable fist team playing it was never a game that was intended to be taken seriously by Mark Yates. Just Liam Dolman, Tom Sharpe, John Finnigan and Matthew Barnes-Homer made to trip over to St Georges Lane, Worcester, for this game while also included was the former Bournemouth and Weymouth player Callum Hart.
We were the first to come close to opening the scoring when Barnes-Homer sent a chance just wide of the post in the ninth minute. He turned provider later when he slipped the ball to Nathan Hayward but the first team hopeful lost control of the ball and that chance too went begging.
Evesham went close with a header from Steve Luckett after our possible number two keeper missed a floated free kick that hit the crossbar and fell lucky for Luckett. His effort went just wide.
Just before halftime Chris Seekings had a chance to score but his shot was saved by the Robins keeper.
After the break we again had the first attempt at scoring when Andy Lindegaard slid in to meet a cross from Liam Dolman but his toe poke went just wide. Soon after our first teamer count went down to just two when both MBH and John Finnigan were withdrawn by Yates.
Just before the hour mark the 'home' side took the lead from Mark Owen, on a sabbatical from Take That. A corner came in and Singh managed to push the ball away but only into the path of the lurking Owen who made no mistake in converting his chance into the only goal of the evening.
We had a chance to equalise later on through a Hayward free kick but no one seem too inclined to bother with reaching it and it fell into the Evesham keepers grateful grasp.
So once again we fail to beat lowly opposition and once again we fail to win the coveted Worcester Senior Cup.
Joeseph Perry, Anthony Watson (Leon Woodley), Jamie Hyde, Steve Hands, Steve Luckett, Steve Lutz, Simon Fitter, Mark Owen, Jermaine Clarke (Robert Ager), Wayne Dyer.
Unused subs: Richard Softley, Dan Polan.
Jasbir Singh, Liam Dolman, Callum Hart (Joe Hull), Andy Lindegaard, Zac Costello, Tom Sharpe, John Finnigan (Matt Grainger), Nathan Hayward, Matthew Barnes-Homer (Harvey Parkes), Rene Williams, Chris Seekings.
Unused sub: Jordan Jones.
Scorer for Evesham: