Life in the Northern Counties East League Division One has offered variety to the newly reformed, FC Humber United. The club collected a well-deserved victory on the opening day in a 7-1 drumming of Dronfield Town. FC Humber then went on the road, heading to the southern reaches of Barnsley; in a battle of the early leaders against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, FC Humber unfortunately came away worse off after a 5-2 defeat.
FC Humber United then returned home and faced Glasshoughton Welfare; The club came away from the tie on the wrong end of a 4-0 score line, in what perhaps should have been a points gatherer for the club. In the club’s most recent outing, a visit to Nottinghamshire and Ollerton Town bore witness to a rejuvenated FC Humber, the game ended 3-3 as the club were perhaps unfortunate not to leave with a three-point haul.
Taking a view on Saturday’s opposition, North Ferriby have perhaps had a steadier start than expected and are also one of the early favourites for promotion. The club began their campaign with a 0-3 victory away to Shirebrook Town. Ferriby then went on their travels, facing Rossington Main in a 1-1 draw at Oxford Street. A fine display of non-league football for the neutral, despite the score remaining level at full-time.
North Ferriby then returned to the Dransfield Stadium and faced Brigg Town CIC; the game offered yet another fine display of non-league football; ending 2-2 on the day after an excellent display of flowing football.
With the football season now entering the final week of it’s opening month, FC Humber have the opportunity to size up their opposition once more as the club look ahead to their sixth league fixture of the season. The club starts the week with a League fixture away to North Ferriby FC in a 7.45pm Kick off at the Dransfield Stadium.
With the season now in full swing, the opportune moment is upon us as FC Humber to learn from their positive efforts against Selby Town and continue to move forward. Quoting sources on North Ferriby’s history, FC Humber extend an opportunity in viewing a brief history of the team they face Tuesday night:
North Ferriby has over 100 years of football history in the East Yorkshire village but in 2019 it all went dramatically wrong.
Having reached the dizzy heights of the National League, the club then suffered two successive relegations and were heading for a third before they were ignominiously wound up in the courts.
The road ahead for a club steeped in history seemed to be closed before former Chairman Les Hare and his wife Gill intervened to reform the club. The rest is history as Hare gathered a fantastic team around him to take a firm hold of the new club and set sights on the previous club’s former glory.
However, this meant starting back in the Northern Counties East League Division One, a place the previous club had been champions some 35 years earlier.
What cannot be underestimated is the amount of hard work Hare, along with his Board of Directors and supported by a plethora of volunteers have put in to turn the club around. Its testament to that hard work the club now has over 200 season pass holders and a vibrant Supporters Club boasting over 100 members.
One lasting memory for this famous football club, albeit as North Ferriby United, was winning the FA Trophy in 2015 with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Wrexham at Wembley Stadium. The club had also graced the old Wembley stadium previously in the FA Vase Final of 1997 but on that occasion losing out to Whitby Town.
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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.
North Ferriby FC
Ferriby made a steady start to their 2020-21 campaign; their opening game saw them pick up a 1-1 draw away to Harrogate Railway. The club then returned to the Dransfield stadium and picked up a comfortable 3-1 victory against local rivals, Hall Road Rangers. In their third venture, Ferriby were ever so close to collecting a solid point away to Emley AFC, until a ninetieth minute winner from Adam haw sealed the victory for the hosts.
Prior to the prematurely curtailed season, North Ferriby went on to collect a further eighteen points and closed out the season in fourth place. They just missed out on third position; Winterton Rangers pipped them to the post on goal difference, as both teams ended the season on twenty-two points.
Tale of the Tape
When it comes to FC Humber United versus North Ferriby, the two sides have only met in competitive action on two occasions. Through the short period FC Humber have existed in their many forms, two occasions they have met Selby and as the record stands; North Ferriby have won all previous ties between the two. There has yet to be a draw between the two sides or an FC Humber victory, perhaps this latest fixture may prove fruitful for the Club.
Of the two fixtures FC Humber and Ferriby have met in competitive action, there have been seven goals between the two; one from FC Humber and six from North Ferriby FC. The last time these two met, 16th November 2019, the tie ended in a comfortable 3-1 victory for North Ferriby, so it would be suffice to say that FC Humber will have their sights set on bettering that in their favour.
Speaking ahead of the game in a pre-match interview, Mark Maspero shared his views on what could be considered a very tough week for the club. FC Humber have home fixtures against Selby Town and Hallam FC, with an away trip to North Ferriby in the week separating the two. The main focus being, the squad’s main focus and hopes for the coming games?
“This is hell week. 3 huge games with 3 of the favourites. We don’t expect to get any change out of these 3 games. So, anything we can get will be a blessing. I imagine we will primarily be working a lot of the time without the ball and have to be disciplined and relentless.
All 3 of these teams have shown they are vulnerable at times; can we take advantage of that vulnerability and over confidence.
I’m looking for consistency this coming week. We have competed well in spells; can we take the confidence from Wednesday’s game into this week.”
In conclusion, Mark offered his thoughts ahead of yet another big fixture in the week, against North Ferriby FC: “We very much feel, if we are on the ball and they are off it a little, we could pull off a shock. We nearly caught Selby with their pants down, can we do the same to Ferriby?”
Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United