SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Edenborough brace rescues a point for Swindon Supermarine
SWINDON Supermarine twice came from behind to snatch a point at Evesham but boss Dave Webb was left with mixed feelings about the Jubilee Stadium result.
A brace from Ash Edenborough, in his first start since recovering from a back problem, secured the Division One South & West high-flyers a 2-2 draw.
However, plenty of spurned chances and a couple of defensive lapses left Webb wondering what might have been.
“We didn’t start all that well which allowed them to gain a little bit more confidence as the game went on,” said Webb.
“We contributed to our own downfall with the goals we gave away but we created numerous opportunities to score at the other end and unfortunately didn’t take enough of them.
“It was great to see Ash get a couple in his first start for a while and they were real opportunist goals.
“But the goals we gave away were disappointing. For the first we gave the ball away in a bad area and should have dealt with it a bit better, then for the second we overplayed in a bad area and they were able to get it in the net.
“It’s not a defeat, but we’re still looking for that little bit of consistency in our game at the moment, although it is difficult as we are having to make enforced changes.”
Marine could be without centre-half Craig Curtis for another few weeks as his groin is still a week and a half away from recovery, and he has a holiday coming up.
However, Mani Randhawa’s imminent return to the fold after several appearances for Westbury following a pelvis injury should improve the defensive situation slightly.
On Saturday, Swindon Town loanee Kayden Jackson had a couple of early chances while Edenborough also went close.
Stopper Kent Kauppinen then palmed against the post before clawing off the line as the visitors had a lucky escape.
With 31 minutes played a Jake Johns own goal saw Evesham hit the front and moments later Josh Morse’s net-bound shot was blocked by teammate Rob Dean.
Dean somehow blasted over from close in soon after, before Edenborough capitalised on a defensive error to level moments before the break.
Jackson tested keeper John Bateman twice early in the second half and then Evesham again took the lead through Nat Lewars on the hour.
Eventually Marine’s persistence paid off as a terrific cross from wide man Aaron Ferris was turned in by Edenborough with six minutes left.
Jackson and Dean went close to a winner while Edenborough had the ball in the net but was flagged offside.
Meanwhile, Webb is in the dark as to whether Marine will be able to add another month to Jackson’s loan spell.
Talks are yet to be held over the issue but Webb will be keen to hold on to the club’s top scorer this season for as long as possible.
Jackson has two games left before his second month-long loan at the Southern League outfit expires.
“We haven’t really spoken to him (Jackson) or Swindon on that one,” said Webb.
“I know Mark (Cooper, Town boss) said they would review the situation at the end of this month, but I don’t know what they will have planned for him.”
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