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-table Parkgate FC side who also find themselves in search of further points after back-to-back league defeats. Aiming to turn around the 1-2 defeat witnessed at the FPH Stadium to Swallownest, Humber return to the road and visit the Roundwood Sports Complex 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 Parkgate FC, 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 established in 1969 as BSC Parkgate and played in the Hatchard and Sheffield Association leagues before joining the Yorkshire League in 1974. In 1979 they were promoted from Division Three to Division Two, and when the league merged with the Midland League to form the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) in 1982, Parkgate were entered into Division One South of the new competition.

In 1986 they were promoted to the NCEL Division One. Two years after changing their name to RES Parkgate in 1990, they installed floodlights, and in 1994 they changed their name again, this time to just Parkgate. The 1997–98 season saw Parkgate reach the final of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup for the first time, losing to Emley at Hillsborough (they lost two further finals in 2006 and 2011).

They were finally promoted to the NCEL Premier Division in 2007 when they won the Division One title, and they have remained in this division ever since, reaching a high point in 2011 when they finished as league runners-up. The Steelmen suffered relegation from the NCEL Premier Division at the end of the 2017–18 season under the guidance of Manager Billy Fox.

Following a poor start to the 2018–19 Division One season, manager Billy Fox was relieved of his position as manager leaving the club with 1 point from the first 6 games. Chairman Albert Dudill quickly appointed former player Andy Dawson as First Team Manager, Lee Whitehead as assistant manager and Ben Starosta as player-coach.”

Season Review

Nestled in the heart of the Northern Counties East Division One, Parkgate find themselves sat in tenth position heading into the next round of league fixtures. After picking up three wins and a draw from their opening four fixtures of the campaign, the 2021-22 league campaign appeared favourable to the Rotherham outfit, with a three-nil defeat and a nil-nil draw against Worsbrough Bridge and Glasshoughton respectively, seeing out the month of August. 

September however, proved a little less productive for Parkgate as two successive league defeats at the hands of Ollerton and Selby saw a steady decline down the league however, two cup victories boosted spirits but the league form would not recover until the months end, defeats to North Ferriby and Hallam preceded a victory away to Armthorpe Welfare. October proved fruitful with the Rotherham side picking up four wins and a draw, then November offered a mixed bag with one win, a draw and two defeats setting up a tasty affair to end the month. 

Head-to-Head

Tale of The Tape

When it comes to previous meetings between FC Humber United and Rotherham outfit Parkgate FC, the two sides have only met in competitive action on four occasions. Through an albeit short tenure as a football club, the now FC Humber United have met Parkgate on four previous occasions and as the record stands, FC Humber have yet to record a single victory or draw, whilst the Rotherham outfit have won all four prior meetings between the two. 

From the four previous fixtures FC Humber and Parkgate have met in competitive action, there have been fifteen goals between the two; three from FC Humber and twelve from Parkgate. The last time these two met was an FA Vase meeting on the 10th September this year; the tie ended in a somewhat entertaining 1-4 victory for Parkgate. Perhaps an improved performance will be sighted from Humber, with NCEL 1 safety the key this season. 

Prior Engagement

A Friday night affair in the FA Vase, Parkgate visited the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium in a proverbial game for the neutral. Alex Rippon opened the scoring in the twelfth and fifteenth minutes to take Parkgate into an early two-nil lead. Despite almost conceding a third, Humber then returned fire and opened up an attractive game of football; ultimately Humber were unfortunate to not get on the score sheet through Szymon Czubik, Cam Hall and Ewan Hallows. 

A very much open game of football ensued as Humber were again unfortunate not to get on the score sheet after the break; that was until Brandon Bagley scored a fourth for the visiting Parkgate with ten minutes left on the clock, ultimately sealing the attractive Cup tie. Craig Allen did pull a goal back for Humber, prior to the full time whistle and it was perhaps too little too late for the hosts as an exciting cup tie under the light’s promptly came to an end soon after. 

Pre-Match Thoughts

Prior to Saturday’s fixture on the road, Gaffer Dave Haley commented on the week at hand as we head into another test against Parkgate: “The psychological part of football is massive and we seemed to lose belief and confidence as soon as their goal went in; we didn’t react in a positive way. We need to keep improving defensively and learn from our mistakes; can we get better at defending diagonal balls and can we be mentally stronger if and when we concede. We must look to improve our squad again this week, work hard in training, stay positive and aim for 3 points on Saturday.”

Tom Devereux | Head of Media | FC Humber United

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November 25, 2021