FC Humber returned to league action at The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium off the back of a three game spirited effort, however, the club were left to rue an underwhelming performance after Hallam FC ran riot after a third Red card of the season. Humber hosted Sheffield outfit Hallam FC, who had found a little rejuvenation themselves after defeating Hall Road Rangers 7-0 in their previous outing. Hallam had begun the day level on points with Humber despite being dubbed early favourites for promotion. 

Humber entered the day on an all time high after going toe-to-toe with Selby Town and Ferriby. This time however, they faced yet another ‘league giant’ in Hallam FC, who had been tipped as an early favourite for promotion; after a steady start from both camps, we should be in for yet another decent game of football. The game began as perhaps any game would, a sometimes-physical opening few minutes as FC Humber and Hallam FC battled for early supremacy. 

With opportunity beginning to fall, Humber opened up a bright spell of play, as they went in search of the opening goal of the game. And they did just that; as a result of a miscommunication in the Hallam ranks, Humber were awarded an indirect free-kick seventeen yards out. Up stepped Szymon Czubik, who fired it into the roof of the net. Humber were perhaps deserving of the lead in the seventeenth minute, having gradually built on their previous efforts. 

However, much to the dismay from the touchline, the game took a turn for the worse for FC Humber; with the game passing the half hour mark, a fast paced attack from the visitors saw Iren Wilson through on goal. Craig Allen was in pursuit of the Hallam No.9 who for his efforts, perhaps regrettably brought Wilson down, giving the referee an easy decision on sending the Humber No.5 for an early shower. 

The misery was not to end there for the hosts. Despite initially holding their own after going down to ten men, FC Humber soon found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-2 score line; a Liam Royles cross took a wicked deflection off Tom Phillips, beating Aidan Smith at his near post to bring the visitors level in the forty-fifth minute. Hallam then found themselves on the break, Iren Wilson rounded Aidan Smith, firing Hallam into the lead on the stroke of half-time. 

HT: FCHU 1-2 Hallam FC

The second half was nothing short of further misery for FC Humber United; Hallam fully capitalized on their opponent’s drop in intensity. Brandon Bradbury extended the visitors lead five minutes into the second forty-five; a drilled cross from Liam Royles found Bradbury in the centre to fire home from close range. Hallam went close to scoring their fourth, five minutes later; Aiden Smith palmed away the initial shot before Harry Watson launched the ball away from danger. 

However, for all their defensive efforts, Hallam did extend their lead in the fifty-sixth minute; the ball laid off across the edge of the area for Brandon Bradbury, who slotted home for his second and Hallam’s fourth. In what was edging for a miserable afternoon, a smidge of hope was restored for Humber in the fifty-seventh minute. After catching the visitors on the break, the ball fell to lead scorer, Louis Blackwell in the centre who slotted home to make it 2-4.

That second goal for Humber had perhaps halted the Hallam steam train, all but temporarily. Despite no further goals in the next fifteen minutes, Hallam were still on top and creating chances in the bucket load. Hallam eventually got their fifth in the seventy-second minute; Brandon Bradbury securing his hat-trick for the afternoon. It was then six, two minutes later as Chris Wood added to the score line.

Chris Wood, Brandon Bradbury and Julian Lawrence added further goals for Hallam FC, bringing the game to an abrupt end. Humber well and truly put to the sword with the game escalating quickly after the sending off. However, the club are not to dwell on past endeavours as we now look ahead to a midweek visit to the Marra Falcons Stadium and Armthorpe Welfare. 

FT: FCHU 2-9 Hallam FC

As It Happened

Never a dull moment

It’s never a dull moment when FC Humber are in town and their recent fixture against Hallam FC certainly proved that. The latest fixture for the newly rebranded FC Humber United personified non-league football, offering neutral entertainment from start to finish. As is the FC Humber way, there are always goals when we play and today showcased this, yet it was not perhaps the way Humber had hoped though.

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 a visiting Hallam FC a 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. 

Post-Match Thoughts

Speaking after the game in a post-match interview, Mark Maspero offered an honest assessment of a somewhat disappointing 2-9 defeat, at home to Hallam FC: “Today the players were fantastic for 35 minutes. They were the better team 11v11.  We went a goal up and should have scored with 2 further clear cut chances. Then, as with many other previous games, we shoot ourselves in the foot. This time with a senseless sending off. 

What happened after was unacceptable. Conceding 9 goals in 45minutes. That shows a complete lack of character. I would like to personally apologise for anyone who paid money to watch us play today. We have let everyone down. I would like to say that this won’t happen again, but I know unless Marc and I change personnel, that’s a promise we can’t keep. 

So every player is now playing to keep their place in the squad. No more free passes!”

FC Humber Starting XI: Aiden Smith, Harry Watson, Tom Phillips, Jack Gascoigne, Craig Allen, James Warwick-Atkins, Szymon Czubik, Brandon Burke, Louis Blackwell, Eddie Wileman, Ewan Hallows. 

Subs: Andy Leech, Owen Fletcher, Jamie Phillips, Cam Hall, Dan Murrie. 

Hallam FC Starting XI: Zac Walker, Jack Brownell, Niall Smith, Brandon Bradbury, Chris Salt, Matt Birks, Daniel Patterson, Steven Woolley, Iren Wilson, Liam Royles, Danny Deakin

Subs: Alfie Hayes-Daubney, Chris Wood, Julian Lawrence, Sam Jones. 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United 

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August 29, 2021