AN FA Trophy fourth round trip to Notts County in mid-January is scant reward for Jake Hesketh inspired 5-0 win by Eastleigh over Enfield Town at the Silverlake Stadium.

Spitfires will make the trip to Meadow Lane on January 15, bidding to make the last 16 of the competition.

It’s a tough draw against one of the National League’s lead sides – but Eastleigh are County’s bogey side having beaten them four times in five recent matches, including a 2-0 win at Stoneham Lane last month.

Hesketh wants a permanent place in Eastleigh's side after notching a hat-trick against Enfield – Eastleigh’s first threesome since Scott Rendell’s triple salvo against Harrogate Town in November 2019.

The talented 25-year old midfielder from Park Gate has had to be patient for a starting place since joining the Spitfires from Southampton in the summer.

He hasn’t featured in over a month, but, having sat on the bench for Eastleigh's last two National League games, he grabbed his chance when manager Ben Strevens switched to a 4-4-2 system against Enfield.

Relishing a favoured place wide on the left, Hesketh left with the match ball tucked under his arm after opening Eastleigh's account ten minutes before half-time and then scoring twice more in the second half. He also rattled the Enfield crossbar late on.

“Jake's a quality act, totally professional in training and match preparation,” Strevens said.

“He spoke to me in midweek about his lack of opportunities since joining us, but I told him he needed to be more creative and score more goals - so he promptly rammed that back down my throat.

“To be fair, Jake's been out on loan at places like Burton Albion, Crawley Town and MK Dons in the past two seasons, but Southampton is his roots and I think that now he's got a permanent football home we will soon see the benefits.”

Hesketh lit the fuse ten minutes before half-time - Eastleigh having bossed the game against an Enfield side ravaged by illness after a spate of positive Covid tests.

His opener was the first of three assists by Ryan Hill, who created a second goal for Josh Hare two minutes before half-time.

Hesketh made it 3-0 soon after half-time - Hill again at the hub of things - while Andrew Boyce rifled home a spectacular fourth goal after a deflected Ty Barnett shot had forced a corner.

Beleaguered Enfield, who only had two players on the substitute's bench, leaked a fifth ten minutes from the end - Hare and Sam Smart teeing up Hesketh's hat-trick goal.

It could have got worse for the Isthmian League side as both Hesketh and Harry Pritchard rattled the woodwork in the closing stages.

Eastleigh are without suspended left-wing back Vincent Harper and injured striker Ben House at Weymouth on Boxing Day. They host Torquay United at the Silverlake Stadium on Tuesday, 3pm.