Humber face in-form Harrogate

Humber will play their first home match since before pancake day on Saturday, when they face in-form Harrogate Railway.

Due to midweek results, Humber are now seven points adrift of safety heading into the run-in. The one upside is five of their last six fixtures are at Selby ground.

Upon the match manager David Haley said, “on Saturday we host Harrogate Railway, who need one point against us to guarantee a place in the promotion play offs”.

“Harrogate are unbeaten in nine so it is going to be another very tough game for us, but a game in which we must try our hardest to win”.

On Tuesday Humber missed the chance to drag Rainworth back into the relegation battle, after failing to take their first half chances. Work commitments, injuries and travel have plagued the Selby based side and left them depleted on a number of occasions.

On that match Haley reflected, “Tuesday Eve’s game was very disappointing, after a good first half performance and another great goal from Brandon Burke, we went downhill in the second half and conceded two goals in two minutes to lose the game”.

He continued, “we did have enough to win the game and didn’t capitalise on our first half chances”.

“At the moment we are only performing well for 45 minutes, on Saturday we need to put this right and perform well for 90 minutes to get the positive result we now desperately need”.

This will not be easy with Harrogate eyeing up this game as the chance to consolidate their place in the playoffs.

Harrogate are currently unbeaten in nine, which is the current longest unbeaten run in the league. In this run, they have won seven points from losing positions

Defensively the North Yorkshire side are the 3rd best in the league, conceding nearly three times less the amount of goals that Humber have (45).

Harrogate have the second most clean sheets in the league with 14 and 13 more than Humber have.

At the other end of the pitch, Marcus Day has chipped in with eight goals in their nine unbeaten games and as a team, Harrogate have only failed to score in three matches this campaign.

Away from home Harrogate have not lost a single game against a team in the bottom half of the table. They also have the mental edge on Humber, after producing a scarring 7-1 win against them last time out.

Having said that Harrogate have picked up nine less points on their travels than they have at home, which gives Humber a glimmer of hope.

Humber will need to be at their best and produce better than they have done, in their last four winless encounters.

As always the manager thanks the supporters for their continued support and hopes everyone enjoys the game on Saturday.

March 24, 2022