By Andrew Warshaw
Enfield Town are eagerly awaiting the club’s Velocity Trophy cup final against Hornchurch tonight – but no-one will have quite as many goose bumps on the night as Billy Bricknell.
The former Billericay marksman, who dropped down a division to sign for his hometown club, has special reason for wanting to bring the trophy back to Enfield.
Not only has he won the last two finals with Billericay but, remarkably, has notched hat-tricks on both occasions, first against Tonbridge Angels, then against Met Police.
The chances of him pulling off a hat-trick of hat-tricks on neutral ground at Aveley may seem remote but Bricknell says just winning silverware would be scant reward for the Towners after improving on last season’s 17th-place finish.
“It’s a special incentive to try and win the trophy for the third time, both on a personal level and now for Enfield,” said the 30-year-old striker.
“If I’m honest, I’d far prefer to score just once and lift the trophy than to score another hat-trick and lose. I really want to win this three years on the spin and I think we’d deserve it over the season with the squad we’ve got.
“We lost to Hornchurch in the league a few weeks ago so we owe them one and I’m sure we’ll have fantastic support.”
After missing the first six weeks of the current campaign through injury after arriving from Billericay, Bricknell, who has another season on his Enfield contract, is keener than ever to end up as the Bostik League’s top scorer.
“I’ve played pretty much every minute since getting fit and feel good even though I’ve had to play through a few knocks.
“Having missed those first few games, I want to finish as top goalscorer and win the cup – and/or get into the playoffs.”