FC Humber returned to league action on the road at the Marra Falcons Stadium off the back of a heavy defeat against Hallam FC, however, for the second successive fixture, the club were left to rue an underwhelming performance after Welfare ran riot in a game that saw yet another sending off. Humber visited Doncaster outfit Armthorpe Welfare, who had found a little rejuvenation themselves after defeating Hall Road Rangers 2-0 in their previous outing. Welfare had begun the day seventh in the league and further cemented their position in gaining a little ground on the top four. 

Humber had perhaps entered the day in search of rejuvenation, with the start of a new month, points and collective performances once witnessed against Selby and Ferriby will be of utmost importance. The game began as perhaps any game would, a sometimes-physical opening few minutes as the twenty-two combatants of Welfare and Humber vied for early supremacy. However, much to the dismay from the touchline, the game soon took a turn for the worse for Humber as the hosts found themselves with a four goal lead after twenty minutes. 

Alex Varley and Jack Mawson both netted braces inside the opening twenty minutes, sending a rampant Welfare into an early lead. Much to the dismay from the touchline, the game would only get worse for the visitors; James Warwick-Atkins was sent for an early shower after a second bookable offence, shortly before the referee blew for half-time. 

HT: Welfare 4-0 FCHU

The second half was nothing short of further misery for FC Humber United; Welfare fully capitalized on their opponent’s drop in intensity. Noel Burdett extended the visitors lead just past the hour mark, extending the hosts lead with a well taken free-kick. Burdett then made it six ten minutes later. Adam Baskerville then made it seven for Welfare in the eightieth minute, prior to Alex Varley completing his hat-trick two minutes from time. 

Perhaps to the mercy of FC Humber, the referee ended the game on another disappointing outing for the Club. With the view firmly set on a return to the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, the home fixture against Clipstone FC will perhaps, now be seen as a must win game, along with upcoming fixtures away to Teversal and Shirebrook. A visit to Welfare was the first fixture this season, Humber have failed to score. 

FT: Welfare 8-0 FCHU

As It Happened

Master’s of our own downfall

FC Humber’s Achilles heel is perhaps their ability to shoot themselves in the foot. We saw it in pre-season, we saw in earlier league fixtures; a lapse in concentration, losing a man or even a drop in confidence has led to the club’s downfall in games up until recently. However, with the club’s visit to Doncaster; a plethora of early goals, another sending off and the proverbial dropping of the heads, was perhaps a major factor in the end result. All we can do is learn from it and move on. 

FC Humber Starting XI: Aiden Smith, Tom Phillips, Liam Mulligan, Jamie Phillips, Tom Micklethwaite-Charles, James Warwick-Atkins, Szymon Czubik, Jack Gascoigne, Brandon Burke, Louis Blackwell, Cam Hall. 

Subs: Oli Barton, Ewan Hallows, Owen Fletcher, Harry Watson & Grzywa Bartlomiey

Armthorpe Welfare Starting XI: Callum Fielding, Jack Shaw, Josh Bucknall, Jack Wilson, Alex Varley, Steve Garner (C), Jack Mawson, Max Hatton, Adam Baskerville, Noel Burdett & Matty Hughes

Subs: Charlie Shelley, Reece High, James Bytheway, Joe Pemberton. 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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September 2, 2021