SLIMBRIDGE boss Lee Driver-Dickerson was left scratching his head after Evesham United scored after 23 seconds, fought back to lead from 3-1 down yet had to rely on a penalty save to win a madcap clash 4-3, writes Andy Mitchell.

Carl Abbott’s Robins were as sensational in attack as they were suicidal at the back, surging back from the abyss with the help of a triple substitution just before the hour mark.

Kai Tonge swept home after being played in by Jack Cresswell before many had taken their seats only for Soloman Wanjau-Smith to level with a low finish across goal in the third minute.

Wanjau-Smith was fouled with Tom Handley finding the bottom far corner with a low free-kick from the left corner of the box 25 minutes in.

Myron Turner had the freedom of the Evesham box to tuck in Wanjau-Smith's centre four minutes after half-time but a triple substitution quickly turned the tide.

Lee Chilton smashed in two in as many minutes following good work from the left by replacements Dave Reynolds then Taylor Morrison.

The tide was turned when Chilton's near-post corner was diverted in by keeper Lewis Adams after a flurry of chances had gone begging.

Slimbridge should still have snatched a share of the spoils when Aaron Roberts tripped Myron Turner but Jack Horrell had his spot-kick saved by Lochlan Robertson.

To rub salt into the wound, Horrell would be thwarted one on one by Robertson with a minute to go.

Driver-Dickerson said: "Anyone watching would have seen we were the better team bar a crazy 10 minutes.

"I don't care what anyone says, we had the better chances throughout.

"Their keeper has stopped the penalty and pulled off one or two great saves, ours hasn't had to make one.

"The goals we are conceding and mistakes are killing us at the moment so something has to be done.

"We were in control of the game, we didn't have too much possession but the transition from defence to attack caused them problems all the time.

"It is difficult to take because of the naivety from our young guys but they will learn, I just hope it happens quickly."