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Dartford FC striker Alfie Pavey on his late winner against Hampton & Richmond Borough

By Steve Tervet

Alfie Pavey believes his last-gasp winner on Good Friday was a turning point in the National League South title race.

Pavey scored in the last minute of added time to earn Darts a 1-0 win over promotion rivals Hampton & Richmond at Princes Park.

And the 22-year-old's 23rd goal of a rollercoaster season may end up being the most important of all.

Alfie Pavey in action against Hampton & Richmond on Good Friday Picture: Steve Crispe
Alfie Pavey in action against Hampton & Richmond on Good Friday Picture: Steve Crispe

It meant Dartford kept pace with leaders Havant, who then dropped two points at rock-bottom Whitehawk on Easter Monday.

"Hampton was a turning point," Pavey said. "We've dropped a few points but now Havant are doing that and it's ours for the taking again.

"It's a weird one this year because no-one's taken it by the scruff of the neck and said 'this is our league'. We all need to get together as a team, show it's our turn to shine and win this title.

"People say it's the business end of the season and it is. Forget all the other results and what's gone on, it's all about the next game and ours is at home to Weston-super-Mare.

"We've got to go into the game with a good mentality and keep positive. We've got momentum at the moment so hopefully we can maintain that."

Pavey has made a habit of scoring late winners this season with Hampton joining Bath, Welling, Wealdstone and Hemel Hempstead on his list of victims.

He said: "It shows I'm willing to keep grafting and when I get that chance, people can rely on me to put the ball in the back of the net.

"The feeling keeps getting better and better for me, the more I keep scoring.

"I'm flying at the moment. People say I've never been a No.1 striker and no, I haven't in the past, because I've never been given a chance to play but now I've been given a chance and I'm showing what I'm capable of. Every time I play, I'm proving to people I am capable of doing this and getting to where I want to be and helping this team get promoted.

"I've got a great relationship with the manager. We always go back to the moment when I said I didn't want to sign in the summer and I've ended up back here.

"He's given me a second chance and I'm grateful because it has worked out well for me.

"Once a manager said to me 'go and play' I knew I was capable of doing what I'm doing.

"Tony has given me an opportunity to express myself, get hold of the ball, give it out wide, get myself in the box and that's where I'm scoring my goals."

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