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Alfie Rutherford

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Alfie Rutherford joined the Hawks back in the summer of 2016, having signed from local rivals Bognor Regis. 

In his first season at the club as an 18-year-old, he spent the first few months on the bench before suspension and injury force his way into the side before becoming a mainstay towards the end of the season. 

After lifting the Ryman League crown which eluded him the year before at Nyewood Lane, Rutherford stayed on for the following season. 

His contributions from the bench saw him earn the title of super sub and the tag of “Alfie-time” being adopted by supporters when they felt he could come on and affect the game. 

Rutherford’s goal against Wealdstone in March 2018 went viral after video footage saw him fall through the net, notching tens of thousands of views online. 

But it was about striking the ball in the back of the net in the 2018/19 season, as he enjoyed a breakthrough year as the Hawks plied their trade in The National League for the very first time. 

His first goal came in the 95th minute away to Braintree Town as the Hawks scored twice in time beyond added time to come back from 3-2 down to win 4-3. 

One thought this would be the kick-start to his season, however a lack of game time saw him loaned out to Eastbourne Borough in September 2018. This would be a move which he wouldn’t look back from. 

Hat Tricks and braces against top opposition, including soon to be league champions Torquay United, saw him recalled a month into that spell. 

Since then he hit a purple patch, a brace on his return game in a 7-0 demolition over Maidenhead and a hattrick in a 5-2 beating of Maidstone made people stand up and take notice of the prodigious talent. 

The end of the season saw him score 14 league goals in 35 appearances. 

Off the field he is a fans favourite with his cheeky chappy personality, often making time for supporters in The Westleigh after games. 

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