Liam King column

Actions from Halifax Town v Kidderminster, at the MBI Shay Stadium. Liam King
Actions from Halifax Town v Kidderminster, at the MBI Shay Stadium. Liam King

This month, Town skipper Liam King reflects on a dramatic cup-tie at Eastleigh, gives his verdict on the North Ferriby influx at The Shay and talks team bonding.

“We were devastated at the end of the game.

“But if we’d been offered that at half-time we’d have taken it.

“We came out in the second-half and did really well and for part of the game we looked really good.

“You never think it’s over when you’re on the pitch.

“The tension gets worse as the game goes on, because the lads are that desperate to win.

“I just thought it was the second goal that killed us.

“I thought it looked offside as well. Natha Hotte came in afterwards and said he was offside.

“The second goal gives them that hope of getting back into it.

“If we could have seen them off for another five or 10 minutes then the game goes dead and it’s job done.

“We were so unlucky.

“It doesn’t help when there’s a massive clock in the corner!

“The time never seemed to change!

“You are better off on the pitch than off it because at least then you can influence what’s going on.

“The third goal was such a scramble - the ball could have gone anywhere.

“It just wasn’t our day.

“But hopefully we can do another Dagenham.”

The North Ferriby connection

“We’ve signed a lot of players from North Ferriby but I don’t look at it. The fans are entitled to their opinions, that’s why they support the club.

“If there are fans questioning it, then hopefully we can win them round.

“If I was a supporter I would just give it time and see what happens.

“Billy Heath’s not been here long and you’ve got to look at what he’s achieved in the past.

“I don’t think it matters if the players he brings in used to play for North Ferriby or any other club - if they help us get results it doesn’t matter.

“When I played with Danny Clarke he was brilliant. He did really well.

“It’s going to take him time to get used to the team but he can play in a number of different positions and we can use him in different spaces.

“Let’s see how he gets on.”

Team bonding

“Our Chistmas do is coming up soon, so let’s see what Kevin Roberts organises. He looks after all the fines from the players and he’ll organise the Christmas do as well.

“We’ve got a WhatsApp chat group where the banter flies around, which all helps with team bonding.

“We stayed in the Hilton in Southampton on Saturday night, which was unbelievable. We were overlooking Hampshire cricket ground.

“It was bizarre playing on a Sunday - we were just sitting around watching I’m A Celebrity on Saturday night.

“But you get to know people more when you’re stopping over somewhere and it all helps with us feeling part of a group.”