Humber will hope to have players returning this weekend for their game against Retford, as they head in to four games in ten days.

This will be Humber’s fourth away game in a row, following on from a win, loss and a draw. And David Haley is well aware of his sides heavy upcoming schedule.

“Games are coming thick and fast and Saturday sees us on the road to Retford FC who currently lie 6th in the league table and still have a chance of a promotion play-off place”.

Haley believes any game is winnable for Humber in this league and draws on the recent success against Brigg for inspiration. However, discipline in carrying out tactics was not an area Haley was content with in midweek.

“It’s another very hard away fixture for us but as we proved against Brigg Town with hard work, desire, determination and a strong game plan any game is winnable in this league”.

He continued, “I thought in our last fixture, in the first half, the lads didn’t stick to the game plan on a very bobbly pitch and as a result we ended two goals down before we started to do the things we spoke about, before the game, and at half time”.

Despite Humber’s second half comeback Haley is mindful of the fact that the Selby based side need wins on the board and more luck with refereeing decisions, if they are to climb out of trouble.

“In the end it was a fantastic comeback and we were very unlucky not to get all three points- the referee once again did not help our cause”.

“On a positive note it may prove to be a valuable point, however, we still start well on Saturday, stick to the game plan, work hard and earn three big points in our fight for survival”.

Humber’s opponents Retford are very unpredictable.

They have the third lowest goal difference in the top half with 12, which is 24 goals worse off than the worst goal difference in the top five.

Despite this Retford still sit in sixth, five points off of the playoffs.

In March, Retford have gone loss, win, loss, win and loss. Hopefully that pattern will not continue this Saturday. In that period, Retford have conceded 12 and scored six.

The Nottinghamshire outfit have won four out of their last six home games, scoring 19 in the process.

Retford score 0.12 more goals on average this season than Humber but Humber let in nearly two more goals on average than Retford per game.

Humber’s form has followed a similar up and down pattern to Retford’s. Loss, win, loss, win, loss, win, loss, draw.

At least five goals have been scored between the two sides in all of Humber’s matches this month, when in the previous seven matches, six of those were under five goals.

Last time the two sides met Retford were victorious in a 4-1 away win, which included three goals in two minutes.

A final message from the manager ahead of the weekend:

“Hope to see you supporting us at the game and once again thank you for your support”.

March 18, 2022