NATHAN Scarborough hopes he can follow up his weekend hat-trick by helping Hullbridge Sports into the quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup.

Scarborough grabbed a trio of goals as Sports sealed a thrilling 4-3 victory over Sporting Bengal United to open up a four point cushion at the top of the Essex Senior League standings.

And Scarborough wants to play a key role as Sports aim to cause an upset when they welcome Coggeshall Town to the Ryan’s Heating Stadium tonight.

“I was buzzing to score a hat-trick and to score the winning goal was special,” said Scarborough, who joined Hullbridge in the close season.

“It was a great victory because Sporting Bengal are a very good outfit and their manager has done well there.

“Scoring the winning goal was great and, although I have scored hat-tricks elsewhere during my career, it was my first hat-trick at Hullbridge.

“That made it a particularly special feeling and it would be great to among the goals against Coggeshall.

“We know it’s going to be a very tough test for us because they are doing quite well in their league.

“But we have to stick to the gameplan and what we do best.

“We beat Witham Town in the last round and it would be great to cause another upset.”

Coggeshall, who are co-owned by popstar Olly Murs, won promotion to the Isthmian North last term and are flying high.

The Seed Growers are currently third in the standings, but Sports have already eliminated another Isthmian North club from the Essex Senior Cup.

Hullbridge secured their passage through to tonight’s fourth round tie by registering a 4-2 win over Witham Town.

And Scarborough, who counts Redbridge among his former clubs, wants to be competing in the Isthmian North with Sports next season.

The 30-year-old added: “The game will be a marker for us and show how far we have come.

“The Isthmian North is where we want to be next season.

“It would mean a lot to me and the boys for us to get through to the quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup.

“We don’t go into cup games thinking that we are going to roll teams over, but we are full of confidence at the moment and we believe we can beat Coggeshall.

“Hopefully we’ll be in the hat for the next round.”