FC Halifax Town start the defence of the FA Trophy on Saturday as they face Matlock Town in the 3rd qualifying round of the tournament. Prior to the eagerly anticipated fixture, we spoke to a Liam King, as the captain looks to win the cup for the second time as a player –this time in blue.
Of course, the fixture comes on the back of a disappointing result at Curzon Ashton and King was blunt in his negativity regarding the performance.
“It was a poor result and performance and we know that. But we’ve got to move on and everyone is looking forward to the game – we were on a good run of results going into last Saturday (the game was the first time the Shaymen had lost away from home since September).”
King has good reason to look forward to the game after the success both he and the Shaymen have had in the cup and King can’t speak highly enough of the trophy and the occasion as a whole.
“The FA Trophy is massive, it really is. For a side of the size of Halifax Town it really is the one chance we have to get to Wembley and that’s huge for us,” said King. [On his goal at Wembley for North Ferriby] It was brilliant, it really was –it was up there with the best moments of my career. It’s the one chance I’ve had to play at Wembley and be on TV, I loved it. But I am not resting there, I want to go back and create more moments this year and I believe we can do that.”
The Shaymen are no strangers to Matlock, having played there in pre-season, but the captain doesn’t think that has any bearing on the tie on Saturday.
“It’s irrelevant; it was completely different circumstances in that friendly. This is a competitive game and we’ll approach it differently –it’s going to be tough, they’re in good form by all accounts, but I think we can win this game and advance.
Liam King also stated his desire to get on the score sheet having had a “disappointing” start to the season.
“I’m not happy; I’m not scoring as many as I have done in previous years. They’re just not falling for me, this time last year I think I was on 10 and this year I am on 3 – but I have had injuries at the start of the season and believe that as soon as 1 goes in then I think will more will come and I am desperate to score on Saturday.”
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