FC Humber United made the trip to Rotherham in renewed confidence following last weeks win over Brigg Town and we once again started the game brightly taking it to our opposition.
Opening the scoring through Szymon Czubik after a fine counter attack move allowed Szymon to beat the defender and slot home the evenings opening goal early into the match.
Parkgate found an equaliser midway through the first half however it was Humber that once again began to take the game to our hosts and hit them with pace up top.
Szymon Czubik scored his second goal of the game to restore Humber’s lead and could have scored a first half hat-trick shortly afterwards but for a fine save from the Parkgate goalkeeper to keep the score at 2-1 in Humber’s favour heading into the break.
The second half began much like the first finished, Parkgate on the attack and Humber hitting the break. We needed to stand firm once again in defence and hope we create breakaway chances. A few did come with Szymon and debutant Red Bates both having great chances to extend the lead.
Humber stood firm until the 65th minute when Parkgate finally broke the Humber resolve and grabbed an equaliser. Once again the game turned into a battle for the end result and it wasn’t until the final moments in the game that Parkgate secured all 3 points with four goals in the final 10 minutes.
A result that doesn’t look great however plenty of positives to take from the game against a side now unbeaten in ten games and 7th in the table. A full strength Humber team might have produced a better end result and in the end with little squad depth on the teamsheet we ran out of steam.
Next up is a trip to Glasshoughton after a Saturday off.
First Team Manager, Dave Haley reacts to last nights game
“It was a fantastic first half performance from the lads and the game plan worked to perfection, scoring two goals on the counter and going in 2-1 up at the half way stage. But as they say in football “its a game of two halves” and the second half we just didn’t come out of the blocks, we got pinned in to our own half and couldn’t get out. We seemed to the loose the quality of that first vital pass forward when the transition from defence to attack occured. Having said that Red and Szymon still had two wonderful chances to put us further ahead. The shot count however was totally against us and Parkgate were on top of the game. It didn’t help loosing 5 first team players on the day through sickness, work, a breakdown on the way, and an injury in the pre-match warm up. Our bench was depleted and against a very good, solid, fit Parkgate team we needed to make changes to keep us in the game but our hands were tied with only one outfield sub on the bench.
We now need to regroup and make sure we have 16 fit, committed players for our next 9 games so we can get the 5 wins, I feel, we need to stay up in this league, starting at Glasshoughton next week.”