A BIG reason for Bowers & Pitsea’s sensational Isthmian North title win has been the form of David Knight.

The frontman scored a hat-trick as Bowers were crowned champions with a 4-0 win over Dereham Town on Saturday.

As a result, Knight has now scored 35 Isthmian North goals this campaign and notched a hat-trick on three separate occasions and he was overjoyed to take home the matchball on what was a groundbreaking day for the club.

Knight said: “I was happy to score the hat-trick and it couldn’t have come on a better day.

“Although I was pleased to score a hat-trick, the win was more important.

“We knew we only needed a point but we were at home and wanted to win the three points to get the job done.

“The hat-trick was just the icing on top of the cake.”

Knight has registered an incredible 41 goals in all competitions.

The former Canvey Island frontman, who is enjoying his second spell at the Len Salmon Stadium, has already smashed his target for the campaign.

But, with four Isthmian North fixtures still to play before the summer, Knight is eager to finish the season with even more goals to his name.

“I set myself a target of 30 goals in total,” admitted Knight.

“I have gone past that already and I’m really pleased with how the season has gone for me.

“But we’ll just see where we end up at the end of the season and I’d like to add to my tally so far.”

Bowers are set to compete in the Isthmian Premier League for the first time in the club’s history next term.

Rob Small’s side missed out on automatic promotion by just a point last season, but they have been crowned the runaway champions this time around.

And Knight is keen to impress in step three of non-league football.

“It’s a very big achievement for the club,” added Knight.

“We have come a long way and Smallsy, in particular, deserves all of the credit he gets because he has turned it around.

“We have got a nice ground now, he has got the team behind him and hopefully we will keep the team together and show everyone what we can do in the Isthmian Premier League.”