MOSES Emmanuel says Billericay Town are treating each of their remaining fixtures as play-off games.

Billericay broke back into the National League South’s top seven thanks to a 4-1 victory over Gloucester City.

Emmanuel grabbed a hat-trick as Town ended a run of seven matches without a victory and the frontman is eager for Billericay to gain momentum ahead of a potential promotion bid via the play-offs.

“We travelled down to the game knowing that we needed to get the three points,” said Emmanuel.

“We had been in poor form and it’s difficult to know why that is.

“In recent weeks we have given away a lot of penalties and sloppy goals, but setbacks happen in football sometimes.

“When we have been ahead in recent games we have perhaps panicked a bit more than we would have done earlier in the season, but hopefully we will now go on a good run of form.

“It’s often the team that has the momentum that goes onto win promotion through the play-offs, so we need to build that.

“A lot of the teams near the top of the table and pushing for the play-offs are playing each other between now and the end of the season.

“We’re treating every game like a play-off game now and we need to get the points to make sure our destiny is in our own hands.”

While a Charlie Wassmer header cancelled out Dejon Noel-Williams’ first half opener for Gloucester, Emmanuel proved to be the decisive figure by claiming a second hat-trick of the season.

Emmanuel, who has now scored 24 goals in all competitions since making the move to the AGP Arena last summer, also bagged a hat-trick in the thumping 9-1 FA Cup win over Whitehawk in October.

But the 29-year-old insists taking the matchball home from Gloucester felt sweeter because of the importance of the fixture.

“It was all about getting the three points and remaining in contention for the play-offs, but scoring a hat-trick was the icing on the cake,” added the former Canvey Island loanee.

“We would have taken a 1-0 win, but scoring a hat-trick was special on a personal level.

“We had to come from behind to win and it was important that we did because we went down to 10th in the table when we were 1-0 down at half-time.

“My aim when I joined the club was to win promotion this season and that remains my target.”