It would be a fair assessment that FC Humber proved a few doubters wrong in their opening league fixture at home to Dronfield Town. The entertaining league opener saw FC Humber come away with a fantastic 7-1 victory; Proving their worth at this level however, the Club will most certainly aim to further establish themselves in the NCEL Division One after a mixed bag in pre-season. 

As for Tuesday’s opposition, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic picked up a decent 1-0 victory away to Hall Road Rangers in their opening game of the season having had a decent pre-season campaign from which they picked up five wins and two draws. Interestingly, after being behind at the break in two of their pre-season fixtures, Worsbrough clawed back to win. Also during three of their other fixtures, Worsbrough were level at the break yet fought their way through to victory by full-time. 

For the second time this season, FC Humber United have the opportunity to size up their opposition as football gets back underway after an extended period of disruption. FC Humber continue their season with a midweek fixture away to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic in a 7.45pm Kick off at The Pinto Property Stadium.

With the season now underway, the opportune moment has come for FC Humber to learn from their efforts and continue to move forward. Quoting sources on Worsbrough Bridge’s history, FC Humber extend an opportunity in viewing a brief history of the team they face Wednesday;

The club was formed as Worsbrough Bridge St James in 1923 After the Second World War they were renamed as Worsbrough Bridge Athletic and then Worsbrough Bridge Miners Welfare Athletic in 1959. They played in a local Barnsley league until 1961, when they joined the Sheffield Association League. They won the league title in 1965–66 and 1969–70 and also played in the FA Amateur Cup during the same era.

In 1971 they joined the Yorkshire League, winning promotion to Division Two in their first year. The following season they lost in the final of the Sheffield Senior Cup to Worksop Town at Millmoor but were promoted again in the league, to Division One. They stayed in the Yorkshire League’s top flight for three years before being relegated, and by 1979 they were back in Division Three. The club entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1978.

When the Yorkshire League merged with the Midland League to form the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) in 1982, Worsbrough were among the founder members of the new competition, being placed in Division Two South. They were subsequently moved around the NCEL following several league restructures, before winning promotion from Division Three to Division Two in 1986. In 1991 they won promotion again to reach Division One, and have remained at this level since. In 2006 they changed their name back to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

Last Season

FC Humber United 

The club made a good start to the 2020-21 season, collecting two victories from their opening three games. Collecting a 1-0 victory at home to Armthorpe Welfare on the opening day; the very same score line appeared a week later when away to Worsborough Bridge Athletic, A 6-2 defeat to Retford FC separated victories. The then East Hull, would go on to collect one further point thereafter in a 2-2 draw at home to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic. 

Prior to the prematurely curtailed season, FC Humber or East Hull as they were then known closed out the season in 18th place above Worsbrough Bridge Athletic and Selby town, having collected seven points from their ten games played. 

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic

Worsbrough Bridge would start the season in disappointing fashion, losing their opening four games against Campion, Parkgate, FCHU and Harrogate Railway. However, their first point of the season came in a two all draw against none other than, FC Humber United or East Hull as we were known then. Worsbrough would go on to collect five further points thereafter; A win at home to Skegness Town and two draws against Brigg and Glasshoughton. 

Prior to the prematurely curtailing of the season, Worsbrough Bridge ended one place below FC Humber United in nineteenth place, having collected six points from their thirteen games played. One solitary point separated the two teams. 

Head-to-Head 

Tale of the Tape

When it comes to FC Humber United versus Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, the two sides have met in competitive action on eight occasions. Through the many brands FC Humber have been known as during their existence, eight occasions they have met Worsbrough Bridge and the playing field leans in the favour of Worsbrough thus far; Two victories for FCHU, a solitary draw and five victories for Worsbrough Bridge. 

Of the eight fixtures FC Humber and Worsbrough have met in competitive action, there have been thirty-one goals between the two; Fourteen from FC Humber and seventeen from Worsbrough Bridge. The last time these two met, 10th October 2020, the tie ended in a competitive 2-2 draw. Therefore, it would be suffice to say that FC Humber will have their sights set on bettering that in their favour. 

Pre-Match Thoughts

In a pre-match interview, Club Manager Mark Maspero shared a few thoughts ahead of FC Humber United’s second league fixture at The Pinto Property Stadium and an awaiting Worsbrough Bridge Athletic. 

Thoughts ahead of Tuesday

Mark began by reiterating his delight in the squad’s constant efforts and thoroughness to see the game out against Dronfield Town. Outlining the requirement in being relentless and the need to stick to a game plan. Everything paid off in Saturday’s fixture however, the need to back up Saturday’s win stands firm as we go to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic. 

Furthermore, Mark added that the squad can’t bask in the glory of Saturday’s result; An earnest desire to regroup, restart and go again against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic. Mark commented that the tough line of fixtures at the end of August requires a mammoth effort early on as FC Humber aim to back up results. 

In conclusion, everyone at FC Humber United look forward to continuing our endeavours Tuesday night, as we visit Worsbrough Bridge Athletic at The Pinto Property Stadium. FC Humber would also like to take this opportunity in offering supporters and the wider football community in viewing the club’s official website www.fchumberunited.co.uk for further updates and information throughout the season. 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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August 1, 2021