EVESHAM United manager Paul West insists his side will get the breaks they deserve after being encouraged by their start to the Zamaretto League Premier Division season.

A man-of-the-match performance from debutant goalkeeper Ryan Draper thwarted a persistent United goal threat as West’s men went down 1-0 at Tiverton Town.

Evesham defender Steve Luckett scored an own-goal 12 minutes from time after Evesham had tested the keeper with a handful of good chances.

This defeat followed a goalless home derby draw with Halesowen Town where Fazel Koriya missed a penalty.

Despite one win from their first four matches, West is encouraged by his side’s overall performances in each of the clashes.

Now, United can improve on their league form when they host new boys Weymouth on Saturday followed by a trip to Banbury United on Monday (both ko 3pm) in a Bank Holiday weekend double-header.

Goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan is expected to be back for the Weymouth clash after being unavailable for the trip to Tiverton.

Midfielder Andy Ducros is also expected to return after missing the visit to Devon.

But midfielder Samuel Mensah (ankle) and striker Justin Nisbett (knee) are sidelined for both of the upcoming matches at least.

West said: “If we keep working hard we will get the breaks. We have to go into this weekend positively.

“I’m sure the boys will get a bit of a break if we play the way we have so far this season.

“It’s not been a bad start. We can’t dwell on it, we’ve got to push on.

“We’ve gone behind on quite a few occasions this season but we’ve recovered and we’ve got a good spirit.

“The goal against Tiverton was a bit sloppy but we had been outstanding defensively for three hours before that. I felt disappointed for the players that we didn’t get anything out of the game. “Their keeper pulled off four or five good saves, he was outstanding. We played some good stuff at times. Against Halesowen we lacked a bit of a cutting edge.

“Weymouth will be no mugs, they will get better as they go along in this league after coming up this year. Traditionally, they are a big club.

“I’m pleased with the lads’ effort and endeavour but it’s about winning football matches “The league is already tight. It might go to the last kick of the season.”