EVESHAM United kept their fading play-off push alive with a 1-0 home win over relegation-threatened Barnstaple Town.

Toumani Sidibe secured the success with his first goal since joining the Robins, swooping on 24 minutes, before the visitors were reduced to 10 men in second-half injury-time.

In a low-key start to the Southern League Division One South clash, Town keeper Steve Oliver easily saved Kane Simpson's volley and Steve Davies' header.

Saddam Bello worked an opportunity at the other end but his shot skimmed the top of the bar.

Strong Evesham pressure resulted in what turned out to be the only goal with a scramble eventually resulting in Sidibe rifling a shot into the back of the net.

Town had a fine chance to level five minutes into the second period but Steven Holland sliced his chance following a cross wide of keeper Andy Hannah's post.

The Robins gradually worked their way into the half with the keeper intervening as top-scorer Simpson seemed poised to head in a Marley Thomas cross.

Barnstaple's best chance to level saw Hannah come to the rescue nine minutes from time as Holland headed towards goal.

Evesham had another couple of half-chances to seal the points at the Jubilee Stadium with Sidibe starring on the right wing.

They then saw out seven minutes of injury-time to claim the three points with Bello shown a red card during that spell after an off-the-ball incident with Evesham’s Will Wellon.

The result kept the Robins in with a shout of the play-offs but having played a game more than their rivals.

Evesham: Hannah, Hancock, Page, Turley, Anson, Wellon, Thomas, Williams, Kane Simpson (Kye Simpson 75), Davies, Sidibe. Subs not used: Price, Brown, Dovey.

Attendance: 215.