The Shaymen narrowly lost 2-1 to Maidenhead United in the season opener yesterday afternoon. Club Captain Niall Maher spoke to Shaymen TV after the match to share his thoughts.
Maher has been named the Halifax Town Club Captain after his predecessor Nathan Clarke announced his retirement from football. Therefore, Niall began the interview by speaking about his new role.
“I am over the moon to be named the Captain; I had a little taste of it last season and really thought I excelled in the role. After Nathan left the club, I was itching to fight for the armband, and now I have it, so I am hoping to show everyone my leadership ability. This is the best achievement of my career; it’s overtaken the time I made my professional debut.”
The centre half then moved on to talk about the opening day defeat to Maidenhead; “Overall, we were pretty good and there are some good positives to take into Monday morning. But it’s just about what happened in both boxes that proved to settle the game. We now know that we need to take our chances, and make sure we do – something we will rectify.”
Niall has been at the Club for a number of years, and therefore, there isn’t a better person in Halifax to speak about how close this season already feels to a ‘normal’ period before COVID – mainly with fans back in the terraces.
“I’m going into four-and-a-half years here now, and I can tell you that the fans have been missed in the stands and terraces – they’re a twelfth man. Playing in front of our fans helps us give that extra 5/10%. It’s really good to see new faces and old faces all in the Shay – we now take them with us to Woking on Saturday.”
Maher ended the interview by previewing the Woking away game; “Woking will be big and physical, similar to Maidenhead, and all we have to do is get the ball down, play it, and get it into the box like we did in the season opener. More of the same will be on the table.”
You can watch the FULL interview on Shaymen TV.
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