After an opening day drumming of Dronfield Town at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, FC Humber United have since dropped the ball in their quest to establish themselves in the NCEL Division One. The Club have since suffered three straight defeats, firstly losing 5-2 away to Worsbrough Bridge. Then came a narrow 3-2 defeat to Hall Road Rangers in the League Cup first round; Glasshoughton Welfare then paid a visit to the FPH Stadium and ran away with a four-nil victory. However, despite the drop in fortune, FC Humber have shown what they are capable of as a team and hopes remain high that it begins to click on a regular basis, with sights firmly set on the commencement of the NCEL Division One season.
As for Wednesday’s league opposition, Ollerton Town have had a slow start to life back in the Northern Counties East League Division One; losing out on the opening day of the campaign in a 4-2 defeat against possible league favourites Rossington Main. Then came their first home fixture of the season against Brigg Town; Brigg came away from that with a narrow 2-1 victory. Ollerton then faced Hall Road Rangers this past Saturday, losing 3-1 on the day.
Both FCHU and Ollerton Town have faced a mixture of fortune in their pre-season campaigns; FC Humber ended their pre-season with two wins and four loses whereas Ollerton ended with two wins, a draw and two loses. However, with the focus during pre-season being around fitness and working through tactical aspects during games, a side may not have the best of pre-season campaigns but could go on to have a decent season.
As the third week of the season commences and with the continued hopes that football does not fall unto yet another period of disruption, FC Humber have the opportunity to size up their opposition once more as the club look ahead to their fourth league fixture of the season. The club end their third week in search of a further three points and aim to collect from an away fixture at Ollerton Town in a 7.45pm Kick-off at the Whalesby Lane Sports Ground.
With the season now underway, the opportune moment is upon us as FC Humber to learn from their efforts and continue to move forward. Quoting sources on Ollerton Town’s history, FC Humber extend an opportunity in viewing a brief history of the team they face Saturday:
Ollerton has a long history of local football going back to the late 1800s. One of its best periods was immediately before the Second World War; when Ollerton Colliery reached three Notts Senior Cup finals in a row from 1936 to 1939, winning it in 1937/38. It’s reserve team also won the Notts Intermediate Cup the year previous.
In 1930, a side called Ollerton Forest defeated Welbeck Athletic 3–0 in the North Notts Senior Cup final at Mansfield Town’s Field Mill stadium. This is believed to be the first competitive football game in England to be played under floodlights and more can be read about it here. Ollerton Colliery ceased as a football club in the early 1980s but was reformed as Ollerton & Bevercotes F.C in 1988. The club won the Nottinghamshire Football Alliance Division Two championship in 1992–93, gaining promotion to Division One under the management of Adge Owen and David Kent.
Following the closure of the colliery in 1994, the club changed its name to Ollerton Town F.C. In the same year, Ollerton were champions of Division One in 1995–96 and were promoted to the top division of the Notts Alliance. After finishing runners-up in 1999–2000, the club was promoted to the Central Midlands League and entered the English Football Pyramid.
In the 2007–08 season, Ollerton, under the management of Don Gethfield, David Kent and Anthony Thompson, the club won the Central Midlands Premier Division, earning promotion to the Supreme Division. That season they also reached the Nottinghamshire Senior Cup final where they were beaten 2–0 by Eastwood Town. In 2008–09, the club took part in the FA Vase for the first time, getting to the second-round proper in 2009–10.
After the resignation of Don Gethfield back in 2011, and a brief stint under Paul Rawden, the club appointed Dave Winter as first team manager, with Stephen Bodle as his assistant. The former Kirkby Town pair guided the club to the Central Midlands Floodlit Cup final in their first season. For the 2011–12 season, the club was placed in the Central Midlands North Division following a league restructure.
In the 2015–16 season, with former-captain Jamie Allan now also on board as first team coach, the club secured promotion to the Northern Counties East League after finishing runners-up in the Central Midlands North Division.
After several seasons in the NCEL Division One, Ollerton Town were moved laterally into the East Midlands Counties League for the start of the 2020–21 Season. The club topped the division after 12 games, winning 9 of them, but the season was brought to a premature end due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In May 2021, Dave Winter resigned from his role as first team manager after almost ten years, and over 360 games, in charge. The club moved quickly to appoint Stephen Bodle as his replacement, with Lee Needham assisting him moving forward. At the end of the 2020–21 season the East Midlands Counties League was dissolved and the club were transferred to Division One of the Northern Counties East League.
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.
The 2020-21 season saw Ollerton playing their football in the East Midlands Counties League alongside Shirebrook Town, Teversal and Clipstone who also made the switch back to the Northern Counties East League Division One for this season. Ollerton fared well, winning nine of their twelve games played prior to the prematurely curtailed season.
Ollerton also collected one draw and two loses as they ended the season top of the league on twenty-nine points. The club also boasted a +30 goal difference as they finished top of the league ahead of Sherwood Colliery and Belper United.
Tale of the Tape
When it comes to FC Humber United Versus Ollerton Town, the two sides have only met in competitive action on seven occasions. Through the short period FC Humber have existed in their many forms, seven occasions they have met Ollerton and as the record stands, FC Humber have picked up two victories and a draw, whilst Ollerton have won on four occasions. Perhaps the latest fixture will see an FC Humber side searching for much needed points.
Of the seven fixtures FC Humber and Ollerton have met in competitive action, there have been thirty-four goals between the two: Twelve from FC Humber and twenty-two from Ollerton Town. The last time these two met, 25th January 2020, the tie ended in a comfortable 10-1 victory for Ollerton, so it would be suffice to say that FC Humber will have their sights set on bettering that in their favour.
In a pre-match interview, Club Manager Mark Maspero shared a few thoughts ahead of FC Humber United’s trip to Whalesby Lane Sports Ground and an important game against Ollerton Town. We began on Mark’s thought’s ahead of the tie:
“Honestly these are the types of games we should be looking to get positive results from. But I also know, they will be thinking the same about us. We will expect to compete against Ollerton, but our form has been so inconsistent that the one thing we can guarantee is goals and entertainment.”
Mark added his thoughts on a thorough approach to training and game preparation; “We are a good technical and tactical young squad. What we do need to work on is our pre game preparation. We are using player experience from within the group, but may need to think outside the box to improve this area.”
Recalling Mark’s post-match assessment from the Club’s four-nil defeat to Glasshoughton Welfare, the emphasis will truly be on how the club responds moving forward. In particular, their ability in upping their tempo especially in pressuring the ball when out of possession and forcing the mistake from their opposition.
In conclusion, everyone at FC Humber United look forward to returning to league action Wednesday night and visiting Whalesby Lane Sports Ground in what will hopefully be a more competitive game of football. 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