Town Youth consolidated their grip on second spot in the MFYL Premier Division South table as they completed the seasonal double over local rivals Evesham United at the Arden Garages Stadium on Thursday evening.
In spite of missing a number of regulars Darren Timms’ side put in a determined performance and two goals in each half propelled them to an ultimately comfortable success.
Town went on the attack straight from the kick off and went ahead after just seven minutes when Jack Ballinger’s cross from the left picked out the unmarked Rob Lord who had the simple task of steering the ball past the helpless Evesham keeper Will Phillips.
The Robins looked for an immediate response with Denis Whiteman driving in from the right before hitting his shot straight at Town keeper Ryan Woodward, but although they had plenty of the possession they couldn’t find a way through the Town defence where Josh Aspinall-Smyth was in his usual commanding form.
Jake Cavans came closest to an equaliser on 38 minutes with a header which drifted narrowly wide before Town doubled their lead three minutes later with Harry Hartin’s assured finish from Lewis Tmms’ cross.
And in the final minute of the first half James Pomeroy went tantalisingly close to adding a third as he cut in from the left to drill a shot inches wide of the far post.
But eight minutes after the break Town effectively put the result beyond doubt as they went three up. Tyrike Richards-Burke chased after a long ball down the inside right channel and as Phillips came off his line his attempted clearance rebounded off the Town striker who ran on to fire into the empty net.
Soon after a slick Town passing move set up another chance for Hartin who this time blazed over, but Town were now well on top and made it 4-0 on 82 minutes with a spectacular strike from debutant Ben Cook.
Evesham failed to deal properly with a Town free kick and when the loose ball reached Cook some 20 yards out he celebrated his first Town appearance by lashing it first time into the top corner before Phillips could even move.