By Mark Carruthers
Hat-trick hero Cedwyn Scott brushed off the personal applause and insisted he was solely focused on Gateshead’s bid for a return to the National League.
The Heed were in irresistible form again on Tuesday night when Macaulay Langstaff found the net and Scott scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 home win over Curzon Ashton.
The duo both have 24 goals to their name this season to help Mike Williamson’s side become the second top scorers in the top seven tiers of the football pyramid.
Only league title challengers Fulham have scored more goals than Gateshead this season – although remarkably Scott’s hat-trick is their first hat-trick of the campaign.
The former Carlisle United and Hebburn Town striker was “delighted” to finally walk away with a match ball – but stressed the focus would be on securing promotion at the end of the season.
“I had a few suspenders, but you just have to keep going and go to the right areas,” he told The NLP.
“We were slower in the second half of the games and we saw things, so maybe there weren’t as many opportunities.
“I am delighted to have achieved this hat-trick and it was great to see this third.
“I was bummed to miss Gloucester because I wasn’t feeling too good this weekend, so I’m happy to get back on track and get going again.
“I said in pre-season I wanted 15-20 goals and a few people said I was brave.
“I’m over 20 now and I’ve always had confidence in my abilities.
“I just want to keep winning, that’s the most important thing because we all know what the goal is at the end of the season.”
The result kept the National League North leaders three points clear of second-placed Brackley Town, who won 1-0 in their home game against Alfreton Town thanks to a goal from Lee Ndlovu.
The result was the third game in a row that the Saints have won by a single goal as they continue to pressure the Heed.
Scott revealed the Gateshead players had an eye on the results of their closest challengers – but stressed the importance of focusing on themselves first and foremost.
“We keep coming after games and someone says Brackley won by one again.
“It’s become a running joke to be honest.
“We just have to focus on ourselves, take each game as it comes, cliché as it is.
“We’re just fully focused on Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday and that’s all we have in mind.”