Dagenham & Redbridge attacker Oliver Hawkins overjoyed with goalscoring heroics against Wrexham
PUBLISHED: 14:00 28 August 2016
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Daggers hitman proud to get hat-trick at home to Robins
Dagenham & Redbridge striker Oliver Hawkins was thrilled his first hat-trick for the club guided them to a 3-0 success at home to Wrexham in the National League.
The former Hemel Hempstead Town man opened the scoring in the 11th minute, reacting quickest to tap in Luke Guttridge’s scuffed shot at the back post.
Number two followed 11 minutes later when he nodded in a well-delivered corner from the right by Jordan Maguire-Drew.
And the hat-trick was complete on the stroke of half-time when Hawkins scored from the penalty spot after Guttridge had been fouled by Hamza Bencherif in the box.
Coincidentally, Hawkins had also scored a hat-trick for Northwood on this day in 2012, and the striker was happy to fire Daggers to a fourth successive win for the first time since March 2008.
“It was a brilliant afternoon for me. I think it’s my first hat-trick in competitive football. I’m glad for the three points and the three goals that went in,” he said.
Hawkins, as well as his team-mates, could have added to Daggers’ lead after the break with a hatful of chances for the hosts.
However, they found Robins keeper Shwan Jalal in inspired form, but Hawkins was pleased the misses did not come back to haunt the Essex club.
“I should have had number four. I had a couple of chances and maybe I should have had a fourth, but I’m just happy to get the three points,” he added.
Hawkins and Co. face a quick turnaround in matches with a trip to surprise package Sutton United to come on Monday.
And the tall frontman hopes he can get on the scoresheet once again at Gander Green Lane.
“I’ll try and get some more goals and get some more wins for the team. We worked really hard pre-season, and we’ve worked really hard the first few games as well.
“We’ve got a good enough squad and the players too, anyone who comes in will be a good addition too.”