Colchester United striker Macauley Bonne hopes his four goals against Wealdstone in the FA Cup will earn him a regular first-team place.
Saturday's 6-2 victory was the 20-year-old's first start since 1 September.
"I've been trying to prove my point for the last month, scoring and putting in shifts for the under-21s. I like the 21s because it shows them I can play against strong opposition," he said.
"Hopefully I've shown what I can do and it's up to the managers."
The Colchester youth product also hit the woodwork and missed a late chance as the League One side thrashed their National League South hosts.
Bonne, who had only found the net seven times in his senior career before Saturday's game, admitted he could have been even more clinical in front of goal.
"I'm happy with the four, but at the end of the day I could have had probably double that," he told BBC Essex.
"I think I did fatigue a bit and probably could have cut (the late chance) across, but when you're on four you just get greedy and think 'what's the point?'"