FC Halifax Town: Big weekend coming up, says Town skipper King

Liam King.
Liam King.

Skipper Liam King admits Town’s Bank Holiday double-header against Fylde and Harrogate is a “big weekend” for The Shaymen.

All three clubs are in the top five of the National League North with the same number of points after five matches.

Town could go top with a win at Fylde tomorrow if leaders Darlington, who went top in midweek, fail to beat Alfreton.

King, who could be in line for his first start of the season on Saturday, said: “It’s going brilliantly. The lads look fantastic and Billy’s got a good squad together who are all pushing for places.

“Everybody he’s brought on and everybody he’s changed have been brilliant. It shows the quality we’ve got.

“But we’ve got to keep pushing on.

“We’re not the sort of team to start getting complacent.

“We’ve got a big weekend coming up - Fylde away and Harrogate on the Monday.

“No disrespect to any of the other teams we’ve played but this weekend will tell us where we’re really at.

“Things are looking rosy but things can soon change game-by-game.

“Let’s keep the unbeaten run going, that’s the most important thing.”

King finally made his Halifax debut as a late substitute in the 4-0 win over Tamworth last Saturday after picking up a back problem on the eve of the campaign.

“I had a good pre-season and I was ready for the start of the season,” he said.

“I was training on the Tuesday night (before the Nuneaton game) and it was just a game of possession, I was just moving around and I just felt a little twinge.

“I tried carrying on but it wasn’t getting any better, it was getting worse.

“On the Wednesday morning when I woke up, I couldn’t move.

“It’s been a tough few weeks. People haven’t seen it but I’ve been walking like an old man.

“When I’ve got up in the morning, my back’s been so stiff.

“Driving has been a problem as well. I was off work for a few days because when I sat in the car it made things worse.

“They’ve said it was a muscle spasm but the chiropractor I saw said it was something to do with my disc.

“It’s not really been properly diagnosed. All I know is it’s getting better now.”

King, who captained North Ferriby to promotion last season, admits the wait on the sidelines was a struggle, but is hoping he is on the way to full fitness.

“Since I was aged 16 when I did my ankle in the youth team at Rotherham - I was about for about six weeks - this is the most time I’ve missed,” he added.

“I’ve got a good track record but that’s probably why it kills me more to be out, because I’m not used to it.

“It was a long-time coming. It was three weeks in the end but it felt more like six months.

“I’ve got on the pitch and that was just what I needed.

“I wasn’t 100 per cent but getting that five minutes to loosen up is positive and I got through it fine.”