DEAN Brennan hailed Devonte Aransibia after the loanee enjoyed a Billericay Town debut to remember.

The attacking midfielder, who has joined the National League South high-flyers on loan from Norwich City, scored a hat-trick as Billericay recorded an 8-1 win over Saffron Walden Town to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup.

And Brennan hopes Aransibia can continue his fine form when Town visit Eastbourne Borough this weekend.

“It was a great debut for Devonte and it was fantastic that he scored a hat-trick,” said the Billericay boss.

“We need to start getting goals from different positions on the pitch and we were looking for an attacking midfielder to come in.

“Devonte went into the team after not playing in the defeat against Oxford City and he has a wonderful left foot.

“He showed what he is capable of and he caught my eye quite a lot when I saw him playing for Norwich City’s under-23s.

“It goes without saying that he made a good impression on his debut and he has given me a headache for this weekend.

“Devonte has fantastic pace and that is something I thought we were missing earlier in the season.”

Adam Coombes scored two goals to open the floodgates at Saffron Walden, who are enjoying a fine season in the Essex Senior League.

Aransibia and Paul Rooney, who also joined on loan last week, were on target as Billericay enjoyed a four-goal lead going into half-time.

Promising youngster Aransibia extended Town’s advantage further five minutes after the break, while Marcus Crowther pulled a goal back for Saffron Walden.

Sam Deering added his name to the scoresheet before Aransibia completed his hat-trick five minutes before the final whistle with a fine curling strike.

Adam Cunnington completed the scoring by smashing home after Coombes had been denied late on.

And Brennan was pleased to see Billericay’s creativity come to the fore.

“The performance was strong attacking-wise,” added Brennan.

“We created a lot of chances and scored some good goals.

“I changed the formation slightly from how we set-up against Oxford at the weekend, but it was a good game for us because it allowed me to give some of the lads some much-needed minutes.

“To win in the style we did was really good and it was good to see players like Coombesy and Luke Rooney get goals.”