Alex Peterson by neil spofforth

Captain Alex Peterson pulled on the Ossett Town shirt for the fiftieth time last Saturday against Colne, today he looks back on his 11 months at the club so far.

Neil Spofforth “You were one of Grant Black’s first signings in February 2016, and you made a goal scoring debut at Burscough what do you remember of that game?”

Alex Peterson takes on two Burscough defenders on his debut

Alex Peterson “I remember being nervous, I hadn't played for three months leading up to that game and I didn't know what to expect from myself! But obviously the stand out part was scoring the winner against a team that was doing so well at the time, I feel it set the tone for the rest of that season.”

Peterson celebrates scoring on his Ossett Town debut at Burscough

NS “Blackie gave you the captains armband at the start of the season, have you been skipper at previous clubs and have you always tried to take a leadership role on the pitch?”

AP “I used to take the armband every now and then at Doncaster Rovers, from being young right through to the youth team. But this is the first time I have taken the armband properly and I'm loving it. I just have high standards for myself and others and I don't like to see them slip”.

NS “You have been a standout player for Ossett Town in a great season so far, what do you put your form down to?”

AP “Having a manager that believes in you. He has high standards of you and wants the best for you is massively important and that's what me and the lads have with the Gaffer. Grant, Norbs and Ridders have been brilliant since I joined, another reason I am enjoying it so much. I have a great set of lads playing well and giving everything each week as well, which is massive to me and how I play! But good form is mainly from being comfortable and happy playing football again, which I hadn't felt for a while until joined Ossett Town”.

Peterson celebrates his latest goal or Ossett Town against Ramsbottom United

NS “With 19 goals from your 50 appearances, which is your favorite for the club so far”?

AP “It has to be the header against Farsley Celtic on Boxing Day, not because it was a great finish or anything like that. But because of what it meant to the lads and the fans. There is no better feeling than scoring a winner in the final minute of a match, but when it's against the favourites to win the league it just made it even better. That result showed how far the team and the club as a whole has come in just under a year”.

Celebrating the last minute winner on Boxing Day against Farsley Celtic

NS “What has been your highlight at the club so far”?

AP “On a personal note winning the Non-League Yorkshire December player of the month award was brilliant for me. But I would have to say when we stayed up and performed that miraculous escape last season, nobody expected us to do it and for all the hard work and graft we put it in over those months it was a brilliant feeling to accomplish what everyone said we couldn't”.

Alex Peterson collects the NonLeagueYorkshire Player of the Month award from James Grayson and Grant Black

NS “Has any one player and match stood out during your time here”?

AP “It's a tough one for stand out players, because all the lads have been brilliant. But simply because I don't feel he gets the plaudits he deserves, I would say Leigh Overton. He has been brilliant since he came in, his shot stopping is ridiculous and has got us more than 10 points alone this season”.

“As for matches I could say Farsley Celtic again, but for other reasons I will go with Colwyn bay away from home. To go there and get a 2-0 win with such a classy performance was something special. As for the journey home with the fans and the lads, that was something else! Not something I have seen in non-league before and that's why it stands out in my mind so much”.

Leigh Overton has stood out for Peterson this season

NS “What are your personal ambitions for the rest of your career”?

AP “For me personally I want to be playing professional football again. I am loving playing football again so I want playing at the highest standard I possibly can. Playing back in the league is definitely my biggest personal ambition”.

In action against Kendal Town
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