WINDSOR striker Daniel Roberts believes his hat-trick in the FA Vase win at AFC Uckfield Town will give him a massive confidence boost for the rest of the season, writes Rob Stevens.

Roberts, 20, scored twice inside the first 11 minutes of the fourth round tie and completed his hat-trick with a third goal after 70 minutes on Saturday.

The striker has now scored 18 goals in 27 matches in all competitions this season, and he admits he is dreaming of reaching the Vase final with Windsor.

Roberts told the Observer: "I have always said that I want to get a goal in every single round that we're in and I've carried that on.

"The last couple of months have been very tough for me personally. I've come back from injury and maybe the goals and performances weren't flowing as much as they were before.

"It was good to come back, get three goals and get into the next round. It's a massive confidence boost for myself heading into next week and the next round, plus the rest of the season.

"The third goal is my favourite because it settled the game and probably put us out of sight.

"The first two goals gave me an adrenaline buzz but the feeling the third gave me and having all the boys run over was brilliant. We had won the game at that point so it was a great feeling."

He added: "We all think about Wembley and would be lying if we said we didn't. The goal is to get to Wembley and why can't we go all the way.

"Everyone is thinking about it and everyone wants to get there, so let's use that as motivation. Everyone around me in the Windsor group wants that as much as I do."

Roberts explained that the national competition has given Windsor an added buzz this season, and he believes the side showed what it is capable of in the win against Uckfield Town.

He said: "Every game gives you a buzz, everyone is excited and up for it, but maybe in the last couple of matches it hasn't happened for us.

"The Vase gives you an extra buzz and everyone knows what comes at the end. You don't let that get you carried away but it's always in the back of your mind when you're playing.

"You just feel you've got that extra yard and extra bit of energy. We used that on Saturday to get the four goals and the win.

"We were coming into the game off the back of a couple of poor results, a draw and a loss at home, which is disappointing because we expected to come out of that week with six points.

"We bounced back against Uckfield and everyone gave a 10/10 performance. We played as a team, showed what we could do and the goals came."

Roberts continued: "We had a dream start. The ball broke once and I took the chance thankfully. That settled my nerves and it took some of the pressure off.

"When the second one came it maybe took some of the pressure off the rest of the boys as well, so it was a good lead to take.

"The message at half-time was to be solid and not concede straight away. We've got a bad habit of conceding in the first five minutes of the second-half, which is a bit of a downfall.

"We came out and knew the first 10 minutes in the second-half was vital. It was so important that we did not concede and we didn't.

"We defended well and Victor Ocansey and Andrew Ingram were absolutely solid at the back.

"The third goal was massive and it took the pressure off because 2-1 is such a dodgy scoreline. The next goal is so important and, if you conceded it, the opposition are right back in the game.

"It was so important for us to relax, play our game and push for the fourth, which just killed the game."

He added: "Robert Lazarczuk was brilliant. Having him back in the number 10 shirt behind me just gives me so much confidence.

"Having Kieran Knight with me as well to flick the ball on gives us all confidence and motivation, and we all want to get into the next round now."