STEVE DAVIES netted a superb second half hat-trick to inspire Evesham United to a fourth win in five Southern League Division One South matches as they eventually eased past hosts Fleet Town 4-1.
However, it was not entirely plain-sailing for the visitors in Hampshire on Saturday as they had to battle back from a goal down to clinch the three points which lifted them into third place.
Whilst Evesham have played as many as three matches more than some of their promotion rivals, they sit in a healthy position as they trail leaders Blackfield & Langley by six points and have a four-point cushion to those outside the play-off places.
Fleet opened the scoring at Calthorpe Park on 11 minutes when Meshach Williams was allowed too much time and space to run on to Joe Wilson’s pass and slide the ball beyond Andy Hannah in the United goal.
In what was a difficult start for Paul Collicutt’s side, the hosts very nearly went 2-0 up, only for Will Tunnicliff to take the ball off Wilson’s toes as he prepared to pull the trigger from close range.
It was somewhat against the run of play when Cory Simpson finished neatly from close range to equalise on 26 minutes, but Fleet nearly regained the lead when Hannah flapped at a cross, only for Harryson Wickens to lose his composure and fire well wide.
Evesham ended the half well and Joe Turley saw his effort saved at the far post, before the second period turned into the Davies show.
The 52nd-minute goal which put the Robins ahead was somewhat unusual as Davies glanced the ball directly into the net from inside the Fleet box having risen to get on the end of Hannah’s long free kick.
There was nothing to be sniffed about regards Davies’ second goal midway through the half though as he crashed a superb strike into the net from 25 yards having been set up by excellent play by Jacob Davidge.
With Fleet throwing caution to the wind, the visitors made sure of victory with their fourth and final goal on the counter-attack when Nick Hancock centred for Davies to head home at the far post on 89 minutes.
The Robins play their final match before Christmas when they entertain Somerset outfit Street on Saturday.