Rory Williams has got Justin Bennett quaking in his goalscoring boots.
Williams netted a hat-trick to fire Gosport Borough to a 4-2 success at Banbury United in the Southern League premier division.
Standing in for Bennett, who is on his honeymoon, the versatile new signing has really caught the eye.
His goals, which ensured Borough extended their unbeaten league run to 17 matches, have kept the Privett Park side in the play-off picture. And Gosport boss Alex Pike has revealed they have not escaped the attention of the club’s top scorer, either.
‘Apparently, Justin has been on Twitter telling him to stop scoring because he wants his place back on his return,’ laughed Pike.
‘For us, Rory couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
‘He came to us as a left-back or left-sided midfielder.
‘But with Justin away we have used him as a stand-in striker.
‘He has certainly added something to his game and showed against Banbury he is capable of scoring different types of goals.
‘His first was from the penalty spot, his second a superb individual effort and the third a scruffy goalmouth scramble.’
Williams, who kicked off his career at Privett Park, had already caught the eye of Eastleigh and Bognor before GE Hamble alerted Borough to his progress.
And with four goals in four games since his arrival, Pike could not be happier with his new charge.
Aaron Cook joined him on the scoresheet – heading home a Sammy Igoe corner – as Borough grabbed in the initiative in the first half at Banbury.
They conceded on the stroke of half-time before regaining the ascendancy with two more goals in the opening eight minutes of the second period.
Williams’ third was a marvellous strike.
Receiving the ball close to the touchline, he beat two defenders before curling a fine shot into the corner from the edge of the area.
‘I was screaming for him to pass it to the unmarked (Dan) Wooden,’ said Pike.
‘So what do I know?’
The home side reduced the deficit 10 minutes from time but Borough withstood late pressure.
‘It is going to get tougher from here on in because we are no longer under the radar,’ added Pike.