Forward Kev Hayes admitted Stockton Town need to keep doing what they’ve been doing ahead of Saturday’s clash with current league-leaders Liversedge.
Hayes, who is an instrumental part of the Anchors’ attack, took his goal tally to 15 for the season after a second-half hat-trick against Pickering Town.
The 23-year-old scored his first just two minutes after half-time and rounded off a terrific display with two late goals as Stockton remain third in the league table.
“It’s going to be a massive game, Hayes said. “Hopefully we can get a big crowd in for it because the fans have played a big part for us this season.
“I’m more than confident in the lads. We played them earlier in the season and deserved something, so we’ll be looking to get a result at home.
“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing. We don’t need to change anything.”
A hat-trick in senior football is something that had eluded Hayes until last Saturday, and ‘King Kev’ expressed his delight to notch his first and to continue contributing for the team.
He added: “I’m over the moon. I’m always happy just to get one. It’s always pleasing to contribute and scoring a hat-trick was a bonus.
“They started to chase it a bit in the second half and it’s a forwards dream when spaces start to open up. With the strikers we’ve got, we’re always going to score goals.”
The 6-0 win at Pickering is the Anchors’ biggest win of the season, and it could’ve quite easily been more with chances aplenty in both halves.
The woodwork was hit three times in the first-half, however, six goals and a clean sheet sets Michael Dunwell’s men up well for the game against Liversedge.
Hayes said: “It was a great performance, especially in the second half. It took us a little bit of time to get going, but when Mikey scored out first goal, it was all uphill from there.
“We were class from the first goal and it showed in the second half. We normally kick on and we done that. Gaps started to open up after the second goal and when that happens, we score goals.”
Kick-off on Saturday is at 3pm and gates will be open from 2pm for Stockton’s game against Liversedge.
Words: Andrew McDonnell
Photo: Harry Cook