Star winger says he’s no one-sea­son won­der

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

AL­FIE PAX­MAN says show­ing he hasn’t suf­fered with a bout of sec­ond sea­son syn­drome at Rams­gate was his big per­sonal goal this year.

The 20-year-old left­side winger scored 24 times for the Bostik South club in his de­but cam­paign, but al­ready has 23 goals so far this sea­son with plenty of games left to play.

For­mer Dover Ath­letic man Pax­man was de­ter­mined to push his game on and prove he isn’t a flash in the pan.

And he says he’s feel­ing more and more com­fort­able in men’s foot­ball as time goes on.

“My main aim was to try and get more con­sis­tent with my goals and I’ve been do­ing that,” Pax­man told The NLP. “You al­ways have to try and im­prove.


“Last year was ob­vi­ously new to me; I hadn’t played much men’s foot­ball pre­vi­ously, so I’ve felt even more com­fort­able this year. I know the lads bet­ter, they trust me and I’ve just been try­ing to keep do­ing what I have been do­ing.

“I had to prove I wasn’t a one-trick pony, kind of thing. I’ve fo­cused on try­ing to im­prove my­self phys­i­cally.

“I’m not blessed with height and stature, so I’ve tried to im­prove my­self in other as­pects. I’ve been go­ing to the gym, eat­ing as well as I can, keep­ing my­self fit as I can – to give my­self that more of an edge so peo­ple see me and may un­der­es­ti­mate me, but soon re­alise I’m a bit more of hand­ful.”

Pax­man played for Dover in the Na­tional League, but was al­ways keen to get as much game time as pos­si­ble.

“I felt like I needed to play in or­der to get ex­pe­ri­ence and prove my­self,” he said.


“I felt my best bet was to give it a go at Rams­gate. They’ve given me a chance to do that.

“Play­ing men’s foot­ball is so dif­fer­ent, there’s so much more to it with the way you think about the game. It’s made me a lot wiser as to how to play. I’ve def­i­nitely im­proved a lot, and I’m en­joy­ing it.”

That en­joy­ment will im­prove, he says, when Rams­gate get back to win­ning ways af­ter a tricky run of ten games with­out vic­tory.

“Some­times runs hap­pen like this and then you get runs of good for­tune,” he said. “All the is­sues we feel we can ad­dress, we’re work­ing on. It’s just a mat­ter of time and I’m sure we will come through it.”

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