ISAAC Hutchinson is hoping his four goals in Southend United’s Essex Senior Cup win at Waltham Abbey can propel him back into the Shrimpers’ first team squad.

Hutchinson fired home four fine strikes, including one from fully 45 yards to help the Shrimpers win 5-2 in the fourth round tie.

And Hutchinson, who has played twice for Chris Powell’s team already this season, is keen to make the step up.

“All I can do is keep working hard and playing well and hope that the manager recognises that,” said the 18-year-old.

“This was a very enjoyable game in the end but in the first half we didn’t take our chances.

“We played into their hands a bit and took too many touches on the ball.

“They got tight to us and we weren’t really smart enough about it.

“But in the second half we moved the ball quicker and killed them off.”

Hutchinson played a huge part in that happening with all four of his goals coming after the break.

And he was particularly pleased with his second goal of the night which he fired home from close to the half-way line.

“I had a bit of space and I saw the keeper off his line so I thought I would have a go,” said Hutchinson, who joined Blues in the summer following his release from Brighton & Hove Albion.

“I certainly don’t regret it now and it’s one I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

“I actually thought it had gone over to start with but it was nice to kick on and get a couple more goals after that.

“But the most important thing was the in”.

The triumph saw the Shrimpers reach the quarter finals of the Essex Senior Cup.

And Hutchinson is already looking forward to another game in the competition.

“Physically they’re harder and the fact we’re playing against adults makes a big difference,” said Hutchinson.

“They’re strong and they know how to deal with players who take too many touches.

“But that makes us think quicker and that’s what you need if you want to be player in League One or higher.”

Hutchinson scored on his first team debut for the Shrimpers against Cambridge United in early September.