Fans at the Jubilee Stadium were treated to a very competitively played pre-season friendly between Evesham United and their tenants for the season, Gloucester City.

Joe Parker looked up for it straight from the off as he turned on the edge of the Evesham penalty area and fired a shot barely wide of the far post.

New signing Alex Harris was called into action early on as Kieran Parselle misplaced a back-pass allowing former Tiger Adam Mann in on goal, but Harris stood up to make a fine save.

Lewis Hall made one of his trademark surges down the left hand side before swinging the ball into the box but Kev Sawyer claimed under the crossbar.

Hall was again involved with another tricky run. This time he cut inside and saw his deflected shot go wide of the mark.

There was some quality play on the far side as Parker flicked round the corner to Joe Hanks in the box, but his cross-come-shot never troubled the Evesham defence.

Former Gloucester City youth player Lewis Binns put in a good, flat cross to another former Tiger in Leroy Odiero in the six yard box, but he was flagged for offside.

Keiran Thomas showed why he is the reigning double Player of the Season as he recovered well against James Campbell to clear away from danger.

City should have taken the lead but Matt Williams was on hand to clear a low shot from Hanks off the line.

Hanks was nearly the creator soon after as he played in a supreme ball to the returning Moore in the box, but his header was saved by Sawyer before Evesham scrambled it clear.

Karnell Chambers, who had been lively in the first half, stung the palms of Gilder in the Evesham net from 25 yards out during what was a lively opening 10 minutes of the second half.

Magee headed towards goal for Evesham but it ended up as a comfortable save for Clarke who gathered the effort easily.

Chambers skipped past two Evesham defenders like they weren’t even there before Kotwica’s low, goalbound drive was blocked on its route to goal.

The home side had the lead and it was the former Tigers skipper Williams who scored a nicely taken header as he nodded past the diving Clarke after a deep free kick from the right hand side.

The Tigers were level with 15 minutes to go as Ed Williams took a smart touch inside of his man on the edge of the box, before lashing a fierce half volley past Gilder and into the net.

There would be no further breakthrough for either side, however, as they held each other in a very entertaining fixture.

Gloucester City first half: Harris, Thomas (capt), Avery, Parselle, Hall, Forsyth, Hanks, Webb, Chambers, Moore, Parker

Subs: Tunnicliff, Kotwica, Kelly, Low, Clarke

Second half: Clarke, 15 Kelly, Hall, Parselle, Hamilton, Mullings, E. Williams, King, Parker, Chambers, Kotwica

Subs: Harris, Thomas, Hanks, 12 Tunnicliff, Low

Evesham United: 1 Sawyer, 2 Dovey, 3 Odiero, 4 Sheehan, 5 M. Williams, 6 Liddiard, 7 Lymn, 8 Bryan (Bennett 38’), 9 Campbell, 10 Mann, 11 Binns

Subs: 13 Gilder, 14 Bennett, 15 Woods, 16 Haskayne 17 Fahy, 18 Magee, 19 Brian, 20 Hancock

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