Alfie May dedicated his first ever hat-trick in professional football to his late grandfather following Tuesday night’s 7-0 victory over Chorley in the Emirates FA Cup.
May’s four-goal haul saw him collect the match ball for the first time in professional football after the resounding win at the Keepmoat Stadium, and he revealed that emotions were running high at the full-time whistle.
“I’m dedicating my hat-trick to my granddad, I’m sure he’d be looking down on me and he’d be proud of me doing what I’ve done here, I’m over the moon to grab four goals and I think I might take me a while to get my head around it,” he said.
“He took my everywhere I needed to go when I was younger, bought me my football boots, everything like that, he’s a big part of my life in football and I think about him every game I play, I’m living the dream and it’s thanks to him.
“We have pictures above our pegs in the changing room that we see before every game, I say that I want to do it for him, and I got a little bit emotional as I left the pitch, and I raised the ball to him and said thank you, and it meant so much to me.”
May’s goals saw him take his tally to nine for the season, though he is yet to score in Sky Bet League One so far this campaign, however, the striker feels like that it isn’t too far away, and he’ll be looking to get his first one at the first opportunity, starting with Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby at Barnsley.
“I’ve not got a bad return at the minute, I’ve got my own targets that I like to keep to myself, but I just have to keep going now and try getting a few more goals to add to my tally now too,” he added.
“I’m really happy to get the four goals, it’s my first ever professional hat-trick, and it makes it even more special to do it in a competition such as the FA Cup, everything came off for me and I have to take that into the league now.
“It’s not a ground I’ve played at before but I’m looking forward to it, we know it’ll be a tough game because they’re a very good side, but I need to get a league goal myself now and hopefully that can come at the weekend.”
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