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FA Cup: Dartford FC looking to Alfie Pavey for goals against Swindon Town

By Steve Tervet

Alfie Pavey is relishing the chance to test himself against League opposition after being released by Millwall in the summer.

The 22-year-old has been in great form for Dartford this season, scoring 12 goals in 15 games since joining the club in August.

Pavey, who had a loan spell at Princes Park last season, was given a wake-up call when the Lions let him go and is now rebuilding his football career in non-league.

Dartford will look to Alfie Pavey for goals against Swindon Picture Tony Jones

Dartford will look to Alfie Pavey for goals against Swindon Picture: Tony Jones

He’s already put himself in the shop window and is now plotting a way through Swindon’s defence in the FA Cup first round.

Pavey said: “It’s a good opportunity for me to test myself against a League club.

“I only ever got five minutes on the pitch (for Millwall) and sometimes it’s hard coming on into a professional game like that. What can you do?

“But I feel like I could have worked a little bit harder. I used to go out, stupid things at times, where I probably ruined it for myself while I was a pro at Millwall.

“The reason I got let go is because I wasn’t good enough but maybe I could have helped that. Maybe I was better.

“All my mates are at Millwall and the day they all went back for pre-season was quite tough for me because I was still sitting in my bed.

“Watching all my pals go in, I’m not going to lie, it hurt. It took some time to get used to but where I came from non-league (Maidstone), I knew what to expect so I just had to start again.

Dartford striker Alfie Pavey Picture Andy Payton

Dartford striker Alfie Pavey Picture: Andy Payton

“Now I’m totally focused on my football and I want to get back to being happy and scoring goals.”

Pavey started the season at Welling but was soon heading down the road to Princes Park.

He said: “Everyone at the club is legendary. I can’t describe it really, I just love it here. Everyone looks after me, everyone’s polite and it’s a really tight club which makes you feel comfortable.

“Everyone works hard. Even on our off-days, everyone still puts in 100%. It’s a great bunch of lads, a great backroom staff and everyone at the club is first class and I couldn’t ask for more at this moment in time.

“I’ve been looking for this for a while. All I wanted is to play, not ‘Alfie, you’re starting this week and next week you won’t start.’

“I just want to make sure I’m in the team every week.”

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