Sterling was lethal in attack from the first whistle at the Lamex Stadium, chasing every forward pass with pace and swagger to cause all manner of problems for the Hertfordshire side in the opening 45 minutes of the third round tie.
Dylan Duncan and Jack Roles played him through for his first two goals before Keanan Bennetts majestically ferried on Samuel Shashoua’s low pass for number three in the moments leading up to the break.
It was the fourth game in a row in all competitions that the 18-year-old striker had hit the target after spending the opening two-and-a-half months of the season in the treatment room but, after seeing us continue to rack up the goals in the second period to eventually win 10-1, Kazaiah tipped his hat to his colleagues for the roles they all played in the comprehensive victory.
“It was a really good team performance – we went for them from the start, everyone was at it from the word go and everyone did their jobs very well,” he said.
“Three goals is a decent return for me but I was really pleased with the service I was getting throughout the game. The boys in midfield were finding me quite a lot, I was getting lots of great service to run in behind and it was great to be able to get the hat-trick. I’ve been working a lot on my finishing in training so I think that’s starting to pay off now.”
Japhet Tanganga (2), TJ Eyoma, Jaden Brown, Shashoua (2) and Roles joined Kazaiah (pictured, above, holding the match ball after the game) on the scoresheet after the break and the forward emphasised: “Our mentality was good to keep at it.
“Even though we were ahead we were relentless in looking for more goals and we didn’t stop. We had our set plan and we just looked to implement it from the start. It’s a great win and we’ll enjoy it while we can, but it’s Norwich away in the league on Saturday and we have to focus on that game now.”