Rainworth’s Liam King confident North Ferriby United can upset Wrexham in FA Trophy final

Liam King at Wembley
Liam King at Wembley
  • North Ferriby United beat Bath City on penalties to make the final
  • North Ferriby last got to Wembley in the 1996/97 when they were beaten 3-0 by Whitby
  • King played seven times for Rotherham United

A Rainworth footballer will be looking to overturn the odds when he leads out North Ferriby United in the FA Trophy final on Sunday.

Liam King will captain the Humberside team against Conference Premier side Wrexham at the world famous Wembley.

North Ferriby progressed to the final after beating Bath City on penalties

And, although Wrexham are favourites to lift the trophy, the 27 year-old left midfielder is confident the Villagers has what it takes to cause a big shock.

“We have had good success at North Ferriby United in the last few years,” he said.

“It is a club that has always improved in my time here and a club that is forward-thinking. We want to get to the Conference and this can act as a platform to that.

Liam King in action for North Ferriby United

Liam King in action for North Ferriby United

“Wrexham are a full-time club and much bigger than us, people expect them to win, but that just means the pressure is on them. We go in to the game with no pressure and nothing to lose.

“There is only one division difference, which is not a massive gap. We beat Lincoln City 4-0 at their place in last season’s competition and knocked Woking out, so we have got a chance.

“This is a tight-knit club, the lads are in good form and we are confident. We may be the underdogs, but we are going there for the win. People do not remember runners-up and Wembley is not a place where you want to lose.”

For King, who used to play for the Mansfield Miners in the Chad Youth League, it is a dream come true after his side suffered heartache last season when they were beaten at the quarter-final stage.

‘We may be underdogs but we are going there to win. Wembley is not a place where you want to lose.’

Liam King

“I am really excited about getting to Wembley and cannot wait for the day to finally arrive,” he said.

“It feels like it has been a long wait. That moment when we emerge on to the pitch is going to be something special.

“To be playing at Wembley, at a place with all the history and all the great games and players to have played there, is a great feeling. It’s not something that every footballer gets to do.

“The hard work that I have put in ever since I was a young player has paid off and this is the reward for that work.

“My friends and family from Rainworth are all going down on the train to cheer us on.”

King was released by Rotherham United after the 2008/09 season, before he signed for Matlock Town, where he played 36 times.

Off the pitch, King has been putting his football knowledge to good use after created the Mini-Kicks programme.

The scheme provides fun-based football sessions for kids aged two to six-year-olds.

For further details, call Liam on 07891013145.