Charles happy with Hitchin hat-trick

PUBLISHED: 19:32 30 December 2017

Trey Charles scored a hat-trick for Hitchin Town against Kings Langley (pic Hitchin Town FC)

Trey Charles scored a hat-trick for Hitchin Town against Kings Langley (pic Hitchin Town FC)

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Hitchin Town winger Trey Charles was delighted with his hat-trick as the Canaries smashed Kings Langley 6-0 in their local derby at Top Field.

The 23-year-old gave the home side a 2-0 lead with a lobbed finish in the closing moments of the first half, before completing his treble early in the second period with two close-range finishes.

Charles was delighted with his performance but was keen to stress the importance of picking up three points.

“It was a bit difficult today with the pitch not in the best condition but I’m just happy for the three points,” he said.

“The first goal was crucial and then the second calmed us down a little bit. We pushed on after the break, got a few more goals and more importantly, the win.

“I’m delighted with the hat-trick but the three points was the most important thing.”

Signed from Colney Heath in the summer, Charles has become a key member of manager Mark Burke’s side despite a slow start to life at Top Field, much to the winger’s delight.

Charles told the Comet: “I started off quite slow game-time wise.

“Coming from two levels below it was obviously going to be difficult to push into the first team.

“I’ve worked hard and forced myself into the team. I’m getting a run of games now, getting fitter and scoring goals, so I’m really happy.”

Hitchin have fallen just short of promotion in the past two years, losing in consecutive play-off finals.

It is something Charles is fully aware of and he is targeting another go at promotion from the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division this season.

“We are taking each game as it comes but the play-offs are obviously the target,” he said.

“I kept tabs on this club for a few years before I came here and they’ve made the play-offs two years in a row so that is the aim again.

“We’ll take each game as it comes, but we’ll try and push on from here.”

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