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Dartford's Alfie Pavey has scored five goals in seven games

By Matthew Panting

Striker Alfie Pavey has admitted he can’t let his performances dip having won a regular place in the Dartford side.

The 21-year-old striker, who was released by Millwall in the summer, has now scored five goals in his last seven outings.

He said: “It’s my place to lose now. I’ve got to maintain that consistency which I have been doing. I totally understand that if my standards drop, then I’m going to get dropped.

Dartford striker Alfie Pavey. Picture: John Westhrop
Dartford striker Alfie Pavey. Picture: John Westhrop

“It’s down to me to keep my place. I just have to keep working hard.

“I’m just taking every game as it comes. I’m enjoying it, I’m glad to be back here – I feel comfortable.”

Pavey originally snubbed Dartford boss Tony Burman in the summer to sign for rivals Welling but he left Park View Road just a week into the new season.

“I wouldn’t say it was a mistake for me at the time, I thought it was right to go to Welling,” said Pavey.

“That didn’t work out, so I then approached Tony again and held my hands up to it. That’s football.

“I felt that I should have been playing (for Welling), that’s all it came down to. I wasn’t playing at the time and Dartford had no one.”

Pavey, who has set his sights on reaching double figures by the turn of the year, is glad to be enjoying his football again.

He said: “I had offers a bit lower down in the summer when I was let go by Millwall but I wanted to play National League South level. I feel I can score goals here.

“At the moment, as stupid as it sounds, maybe it was a blessing in disguise that I did get released as I can get my head down and concentrate on myself. I’m enjoying it and that’s the main thing.”

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