With FC Humber United’s imminent start to competitive action, the clubs main focus will be to ensure a positive start to their Pre-Season campaign at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium and an awaiting Selby Town. Saturday’s 3pm Kick Off will certainly offer Mark Maspero and his squad a stern test against NCEL competition. 

Having endured their final preparations on the training pitch, the squad will go into Saturdays tie full of optimism and confidence in gaining a positive start, subsequently beginning the hard work in moving the club in the right direction. Ahead of the club’s opening Pre-Season fixture we caught up with Mark Maspero, in gaining one final take on the clubs final preparations and FC Humber’s aspirations for Pre-Season. 

Statistical Analysis

Ahead of Saturdays fixture and in partnership with Sportdat.com, FC Humber United have compiled a feature of stats. Our compiled statistical information shows, that the two clubs have faced each other on five occasions prior to our Pre-Season opener. Of FC Humber United’s five prior fixtures with Selby, the clubs record stands at one win, zero draws and four loses, finding the net on ten occasions and conceding twenty-three. 

FC Humber’s Pre-Season Opener 

Thoughts ahead of Selby Town 

Ahead of the clubs pre-season opener, Mark Maspero enlightened us with his thoughts ahead of facing Selby Town; “Selby have done some shrewd business with their player recruitment and will prove to be one of the favourites for promotion this coming season. Therefore, they will be an incredibly tough test for us. I’m really looking forward to seeing how we compare.”

Pre-Season Training

Further to discussions ahead of the game, Mark then spoke on how pre-season training has gone for FC Humber United; “Training has gone well. We have had the obligatory fitness sessions with lots of ball work. Working on patterns of play and our game model. We have also teamed up successfully with Hemingbrough fc on one of our 2 training nights a week. We are now concentrating on putting those plans into games.”

Key aspects through Pre-Season Friendlies

Upon further discussion with the club Manager, Mark offered his thoughts on the key aspects he will be looking for through the clubs Pre-Season campaign; “We are looking for understanding of the learning the players have undergone. Can they recognise triggers and situations that we can use to our advantage? Can we dominate the opposition in and out of possession?”

Squad Depth and Competition for places

Mark then offered his thoughts on the depth of the squad and the competition for places that shall prove key ahead of the season; “We have a squad of 20 odd players. We ideally want 2 good players in each position competing for the shirt. We currently have that but are always looking to improve.”

Club Progression 

In continuation from squad depth, Mark shared a line or two on the clubs progression heading into pre-season; “We have had a lot of interest from players since the league was curtailed. Numbering over 50 expressions of interest at our peak. So it’s been hectic, having a look at as many of these players as possible and whittling them down to a competitive squad. But we feel we aren’t far away.”

Plans & Playing Time

On a final note, Mark shared an insight on his plans on game time through the clubs pre-season endeavours; “We have 7 games. So the lads will have plenty of game time. The players that show a better understanding of our game model will consequently get longer game time than anyone that struggles. But we are training in between games to help anyone who struggles.”

In conclusion, everyone at the club very much look forward to the challenge that Saturday and the entire season will face. We extend a reminder unto all in viewing the clubs official website: fchumberunited.co.uk and our social accounts for future updates.

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

July 2, 2021