INTERVIEW | Matty Kay: “Fans can be our 12th man!”
Last Saturday West recorded their biggest ever away win in the FA Vase defeating AFC Blackpool 6-1 at the Mechanics Ground. The day saw Matty Kay captain the side of the first time and capped off the day with a goal that is already an early candidate for goal of the season.
Asked what it was like to captain the side for the first time Kay said; “It was a proud moment for me. When there was no Pottsy or Mark Rogers in the team I thought I might be in with a chance as I’m quite vocal on the field. It obviously shows the strength of the squad that we could have left them out and get the result; I’m always happy to help out when I’m needed.”
There wasn’t any need for extra motivation for captain-for-the-day Kay whose chip made it 5-1 before running off to celebrate with the adoring travelling support; “The result was massive; an FA Vase run would be good for the club and to cap it off with a sublime Eric Cantona-esque left foot dink; I was happy.”
With the comment about his goal made with tongue firmly in cheek Kay was quick to praise the supporters for their backing on Saturday.
“The supporters were brilliant on Saturday; all the lads mentioned it afterwards. There was probably 30 or so and they never stopped singing all game. They’ve got all the different chants and seem to have a new one every game.”
“It gives you that extra lift; in games like last Saturday when you go away and it’s a comfortable game its really enjoyable. In the really tight games though, it can really spur us on. In games when it’s really close and it might be heading towards a draw, it’s a bit cliché, but they can be like that 12th man for us.”
The goal was Matty’s 40th for West in his second spell since re-joining the club in 2015, coming in just 91 appearances from the midfield.
West welcome top-of-the-table Runcorn Town to Brookburn Road this weekend who boast an impressive seven wins from their opening seven league fixtures; asked if that’s something the players take note of Matty responded; “It definitely creates that extra buzz, they’re playing well but we already know from last season how good a side they are.
“They’ve a striker in Craig Cairns who scores a lot of goals. Ultimately it’s down to us and what we do on the day; we know if we all turn up from the first minute, from 1 to 11, then we are more than a match for anyone in our league.”
West host Runcorn Town this Saturday, KO 3pm. The bar is open from 1.15pm, admission is £5 for adults, £3 concessions and FREE for under-12s.