ROCKY Baptiste is successfully fighting for his Farnborough Town future — and it's giving fans something to cheer about.
Baptiste has been on the transfer-list since the start of the season but his fine hat-trick at Molesey in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round last Saturday has done him the power of good in staking a claim for a regular start.
After a patient wait on the sidelines, Rocky has at last seized his opportunity of first team football and is making it extremely difficult for boss Graham Westley to leave him out again.
With Christian Lee back from injury, Westley opted for Baptiste in front of Lenny Piper, who was relegated to the substitute's bench, and had Baptiste had his proper scoring boots on at Walton Road, he could have walked away with five or six.
But his hat-trick more than enhances his claim of being Farnborough's most consistent striker. Rocky has now struck 15 goals in 19 starts for the club, and, statistically in terms of goals to games ratio, he remains the club's best front man.
His goals and performances should put him in line for another start on Saturday when midlanders Nuneaton Borough make the trip to the AIMITA Stadium (ko 3pm).
But Westley will, however, be forced to make at least one change with skipper Steve Watson starting a two-match suspension for his sending off in the Hampshire Senior Cup at Aldershot on October 15. This is Watson's third period of suspension this season and he misses this, plus the trip to Gravesend next Saturday.
Thankfully though for Westley, the injury-list is beginning to shorten with Lee, Jim Rodwell and Garry Butterworth all back in first team action and Ken Charlery almost ready to return — possibly in time for Saturday.
Westley will be hoping for much the same as last year when his side beat Nuneaton in the corresponding fixture at the AIMITA Stadium by 2-1.
But with striker Mark Quayle in such fine form — he jointly heads the Conference scoring charts this season with ten goals — 16th place Nuneaton can not underestimated, especially as both Yeovil and Dagenham have been beaten by them this term.
l Farnborough Town have three quality sets of men's shirts which they are willing to give to any local team who can impress them with cryptics.
Any team who would like the shirts must write into the club and explain in no more than 50 words why their team should claim the shirts over their rivals! Get writing folks!
Meanwhile, goals from Joff Vansittart (2), Dean Green (2), Lenny Piper and Adrian Payne gave a strong Boro side a 6-1 victory over Ash United in the second round of the Aldershot Senior Cup on Wednesday night.