Following the aftermath of another league defeat at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium at the hands of Swallownest, Humber see their league campaign continue Saturday against a mid-tabled Worsbrough Bridge, who find themselves looking to bolster their victorious performance against Brigg after a torrid time hosting Selby Town at the Pinto Property Stadium. Aiming to turn around the 1-2 defeat witnessed at the FPH Stadium to Swallownest and a postponement against Parkgate FC, Humber return to the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium in a 3.00pm kick-off. 

As has been the way for a sizable period of the season, Humber begin the day toward the foot of the table after what can only be considered as an inconsistent stricken first half of the season; furthermore, an ever growing presence looms over Humber to collect the required points to ensure their safety, despite sporadic performances that have signified the calibre of football the club can play. Dave Haley’s thoroughness and methods are seeping into the life force of the Humber squad, perhaps signifying efforts to come in improving on the ten points on the board.

Opposition View

Club History

Quoting official sources on Worsbrough Bridge, FC Humber extend an opportunity to all, in viewing a brief history of the team they face in the next round of League fixtures:

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.

Season Review

Nestled in the heart of the Northern Counties East Division One, Worsbrough find themselves sat in ninth position heading into the next round of league fixtures. After picking up three wins and a loss from their opening four fixtures of the campaign, the 2021-22 league campaign appeared favourable to the Barnsley outfit, with a one-all draw and wins against Swallownest, Parkgate and Dronfield respectively, seeing out the month of August. 

September however, proved a little less productive for Worsbrough as two successive league defeats at the hands of Ollerton and North Ferriby saw their fine form halted, despite opening the month with victory at home to Glasshoughton. October began disappointingly after losing six-one at home to Hallam, yet all was forgotten as three victories on the bounce saw the Barnsley side rejuvenated. Defeat to Nostell ended the month of October and into November that offered three defeats for the Barnsley outfit, however, victory against Rossington Main and Brigg Town has set up a tasty affair to begin December. 

Head-to-Head

Tale of The Tape

When it comes to previous meetings between FC Humber United and Barnsley outfit, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, the two sides have only met in competitive action on nine occasions. Through an albeit short tenure as a football club, the now FC Humber United have met Worsbrough on nine previous occasions and as the record stands, FC Humber have recorded two victories and a draw, whilst the Barnsley outfit have won six prior meetings between the two. 

From the nine previous fixtures FC Humber and Worsbrough have met in competitive action, there have been thirty-eight goals between the two; sixteen from FC Humber and twenty-two from Worsbrough. The last time these two met was the second fixture of the current season, meeting on the 3rd August this year; the tie ended in a somewhat entertaining 5-2 victory for Worsbrough. Perhaps an improved performance will be sighted from Humber, with NCEL1 safety the key this season. 

Prior Engagement

The opening game of August and only the second of the season, Humber visited the Pinto Property Stadium in a proverbial game for the neutral. Luke Francis and Callum Walton opened the scoring in the third and twelfth minutes respectively, to take Worsbrough into an early two-nil lead. Despite sporadic efforts from the visitors, Worsbrough remained in complete control for the remainder of the opening half and could quite easily have been leading by more, if it were not for the subdued strikes on goal and the odd defensive effort.  

The fixture only got worse for Humber, shortly after the restart; Tom Micklethwaite-Charles sent off for handball on the goal line and Worsbrough scored the resulting spot kick. Despite going down to ten men, Humber appeared resurgent after the break and were rewarded with a goal in the fifty-third minute. Despite a second FC Humber goal in the seventy-sixth minute, the hosts continued their dominance over an unsettled Humber and scored three further goals, sealing a five-two victory.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Prior to Saturday’s return to the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, Gaffer Dave Haley commented on the week at hand as we head into another test against Worsbrough: 

“Our preparations have been mostly spent on recruiting now that we have identified what we need. Our efforts have been focussed on trying to get players that will strengthen our squad. We have managed to sign five players, three to strengthen our defence and two our attack. So we are looking forward to seeing them play on Saturday, if hopefully the game is on this week.

Worsbrough at home will be another tough fixture for us. Their 3-2 win, against second placed Brigg Town midweek, was a great one for them and they will be looking for back to back wins when they come to us on Saturday. We need to take the positives from the Swallownest game and keep improving how we defend as a team, tactically and psychologically. Tactically we need to remain compact; keep our shape when defending, psychologically we need to be stronger if events don’t go our way. With the attacking players we have in our team we will always score goals, so if we can keep a solid defensive shape when out of possession we will get the result we are looking for.”

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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December 2, 2021