EVESHAM United boss Paul Collicutt paid tribute to midfielder Lorcan Sheehan for rejecting the overtures of league rivals Cinderford Town.

Sheehan, who won United’s league with Cinderford in 2015-16, has been on the fringe of the first-team picture and was offered the chance to return to his former haunt.

But the 28-year-old’s decision to battle for his shirt is music to Collicutt’s ears ahead of Sunday’s FA Trophy preliminary round tie with Cirencester Town (3pm).

“Lorcs had a chat with me at training on Tuesday and told me he wanted to fight for his place,” said Collicutt. “It just goes to show what the lad is about and he is determined to get into the side.”

Sheehan’s choice came on the back of news that James Campbell will also be staying but the striker is set to miss anything from three to five weeks through injury.

One player United will have to do without is Jordan Lymn, who took up the option to join Southern League West rivals North Leigh but Collicutt remains content with his squad.

“I am happy with the squad we have,” added Collicutt. “There were players not involved on Saturday so touch wood, we’re in a healthy position at the moment.

“We have a good group and competition is fierce. It means the lads in the starting XI have to perform.”

Goals from Lewis Powell, Matt Williams, Linden Dovey, Paul Fahy and Adam Mann fired Evesham to a 5-1 victory from behind at then-league leaders Bristol Manor Farm on Saturday, a success Collicutt dedicated to a bumper away following.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the supporters, more than 100 travelled on Saturday which was incredible,” said Collicutt.

“They made a lot of noise and it was good for the lads. To put in a good performance was fitting and all in all, it was a good day at the office.

“We started reasonably well but they scored from their first corner so we were concerned but fair play to the lads, they came to life.

“Having knocked the ball around very well we went in 3-1 up at half-time and went on to get a couple more in the second half.

“This has been threatening to come for a few weeks now, we have been creating chances and it was there for everyone to see what a good place the lads are in.

“We are by no means the finished article, not by a long way but it is good when you go out and get a result like that against a top side.

“I spoke to their manager after the game and he was complimentary about how we went about our business.

“It was a good performance but we have room for improvement and one game wins you nothing. We have to be looking to put together a run."

Wednesday’s League Cup tie with Stratford was postponed due the away side’s involvement in the FA Cup.

Evesham’s weekend fixture has been shifted due to Gloucester City’s National South fixture with Braintree taking priority on Saturday.