Evesham United v Bashley

7.45pm  3 December 2014

Southern League, Division One South & West
Evesham United 5 Bashley 0 (att 136)

This was always likely to be an easy win for Evesham, against a Bashley side struggling at the foot of the table and apparently operating without any budget to pay players this season.

I'm not sure if the visitors had any fans who'd travelled up from the New Forest, but if they did then they'd have taken some comfort from the fact that their side never gave up, and came close to scoring in the final minutes.

By then though Evesham had scored five, three of them in the game's opening half-hour. They should have scored more, as is always the case in a one-sided fixture, but overall the game was entertaining enough to keep my mind off the plummeting temperature.

I was expecting to be underwhelmed by Evesham's Jubilee Stadium, opened just a couple of years ago, but I thought it was quite decent. It's easy to label new grounds at this level as "bland", but the seated stand is a good size, there's a large covered standing area behind one goal, and advertising boards are used to good effect to create the feel of a proper venue.

Not only that, but the clubhouse was inviting, and a comfortable place for a pre-match pint, and Evesham are managing to attract a reasonable number of fans, despite the location on the very edge of town.

All in all a decent night out, and one which means I've now, once again, completed visits to every ground in the Southern League.

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