Eversley FC 4 Bookham FC 2By James Griffin
December 05, 2011
Eversley recorded a comfortable home victory against Combined Counties Division 1 strugglers Bookham after surviving a nervy first half against their visitors.
Despite taking an 18th-minute lead after Matt Baker nodded home, it was Bookham who looked the more dangerous and they deservedly equalised five minutes later after the Boars failed to clear their lines.
Just before half-time Bookham took the lead against a lacklustre Eversley side devoid of energy, guile and desire for the fight.
A reshuffle followed at half-time as Mark Morgan replaced Liam Fisher and it immediately paid dividends as Morgan's energy rubbed off on his team-mates.
On 55 minutes it was 2-2 as Baker slotted home a 20-yard free-kick.
Baker then completed his hat-trick with a deft near-post header as Matt Stamp provided the ammunition.
It was all Eversley now as Bookham hung on, although they very nearly caught the home side napping on the break as Richard Shelley pulled off a smart save.
But Baker completed his one-man goalscoring show by scoring his and Eversley’s fourth – taking his personal tally to 10 goals in a week and 24 in 17 games for the Boars this season.
A vast improvement is required for next week’s crunch game away to third-placed Staines Lammas.
Eversley: Shelley, Cooper, Marshall (Stevens), L Evans, Reeves (D Taylor), Fisher (Morgan), Jeffery, Kleboe, Stamp, Baker, Cann
— Eversley are through to the quarter-finals of the Aldershot Senior Cup after an excellent 2-1 win against Evostick Southern League side Fleet Town last week.
Matt Baker scored both to set up a tough test against Conference South side Farnborough FC at Cherrywood Road in the last eight.