On the back of perhaps a disappointing afternoon against Rossington Main that saw the club succumb to defeat, FC Humber continued their league campaign on Tuesday evening at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium. This time out however, Humber were left to bask in triumph against top of the league after a vastly improved performance saw the Club walk out victors in a nine goal thriller. On a cool autumn evening that offered a return to the weather perhaps that commonly dubbed ‘typical Yorkshire’, their visitors had begun the day at the top of the Northern Counties East Division One and were in search of a further haul after a decent start to the campaign. 

On the back of nine daybreak and their previous Saturday fixture, a renewed sense of hope had perhaps returned for Humber after a decent spell of thorough training under the clubs new management; the club had every intention of transitioning forward in their campaign and made them known through a few well placed transfers. In search of getting the proverbial ball rolling, the game had begun as perhaps many a game would; an intense opening few minutes the was borderline physical as the twenty-two combatants of Humber and Brigg Town vied for early supremacy. 

Credit to the game plan instilled by management prior to the fixture, it was Humber who settled into the game first and subsequently opened the scoring in the third minute though a well taken Eddie Wileman goal. Prior downfalls had perhaps searched to upset the Humber camp once more as Brigg responded almost instantly, as Stephen McCarron brought the game level three minutes after Humber’s opener. The game then opened up as Brigg searched to take the game by storm, however, Humber stepped up massively and in instances, outplayed their visitors as they went about their game in a determined and professional manner. 

Continuing the high intensity and desire to prove doubters wrong, Humber found themselves in the lead once more; Eddie Wileman scored his second of the game shortly before the half hour mark. An entertaining affair ensued with both team’s battling well, however, Humber quite impressively kept the top of the league at bay; that was until the fortieth minute when Andrew Taylor levelled the tie once more for the visiting Brigg Town. Humber themselves showcased great resolve in fighting with the best and responded in the best possible way; Szymon Czubik fired the hosts into a three-two lead three minutes later, were we witnessing something special here!? The scoring was not over though, Scott Phillips made it three-all shortly before the referee blew for half-time, ending a thoroughly entertaining half of football. 

HT: FCHU 3-3 Brigg Town FC CIC

Many a game prior to the encounter with Brigg would have seen Humber make a slow start to the second half of the game, however, Humber continued their spirited performance witness from the first-half and deservedly retook the lead prior to the hour mark; Eddie Wileman clinical in front of goal once more, capping of a hat-trick performance. Humber weren’t done there as the lead was extended through Szymon Czubik the other side of the hour mark. A sensational effort was on offer. 

Entering the final twenty of the tie, primed forward Yaya Dembele entered play and perhaps could have had multiple goals himself. However huge performances from Cam Hall, Sym and Eddie continued along with the whole team and Humber looked set to pick up a sensational scalp and a huge three points until Scott Phillips pounced in the ninetieth minute and added a nervous final few minutes to the game. Despite history suggesting that Humber may have crumbled, they did not and dug right in to seal a monumental and hard fought victory. 

FT: FCHU 5-4 Brigg Town FC CIC

As It Happened

Far better performance 

Hosting Brigg Town at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, brought about a far better performance from FC Humber United. Stemming from the pre-match planning, the fixture as a whole showcased a sublime effort from the whole management team in their preparations and game plan and all was executed perfectly by the whole squad. Despite the four goals conceded, Humber were far better on and off the ball. The whole team battled well throughout the full ninety minutes and Humber offered a more calm and perhaps solid approach at the back. Going forward, the squad have perhaps rekindled their scoring form which is what we’ll need, heading into fixtures at Hall Road and Retford FC. 

Positivity renewed

Many have commented on the positivity and togetherness that has perhaps made it’s return to the Humber fold; much to the credit of management planning and the execution on the pitch. Humber offered both in the bucket load against fellow NCEL outfit Brigg Town and there will certainly be plenty to move on from and build upon, heading into future games this season. Could it be said, this is perhaps the start of something good?!

Dwindling downfalls

Despite a vastly improved performance, Humber still had that little niggle in them that has previously let them down throughout the season. Despite coming out on top, the club did concede four goals in the game, yet further work is intended in the constantly changing game of football. However, against the side at top of the league it was perhaps expected. Despite this though, signs of previous downfalls appeared to be dwindling on the back of this performance. 

Man of the Match

In a game that had a number of potential candidates for man of the match, from Cam to Sym, Luca to Craig. However, as sponsored by Talk Tonight – Selby CIC the Man of the Match went to Eddie Wileman. One of many who had a decent game, Eddie was all over the park, tracked back to regain possession, and looked good going forward, as did others around him. Many would perhaps suggest that the whole team could have won the award, but it was a decent game that saw Eddie never settle until the job was done. 

Post-Match Thoughts

Speaking after his second home game in charge of FC Humber United, the newly appointed Luke Herriott began with an honest assessment of the squad performance: “We came into the game after a big defeat to Rossington and we set out a game plan to play Brigg. The lads listened and took on board what we planned, from minute one we looked composed and ready for a battle. For once defensively we looked solid and there was talking all around the pitch which in football helps so much.

We made a few changes to the team which in theory have looked to have worked. Young Cam has been biting at the door for a start and got his well deserved chance and for me was superb and the man of the match. But all been said Eddie scoring a hat trick stole the show rightly so. Eddie has pace, power and all the attributes to go a long way. He just lacked confidence so after last night I expect Eddie to now start scoring more goals and taking the confidence from last night to Saturday’s game. 

We now know what we have to do as a team and with such a massive game Saturday, our focus now turns to a light training session tonight and ready to go again Saturday. We have identified that this month is such an important month for us, so we will continue to work hard on and off the pitch to get FC Humber climbing that table.”

Joint Manager, Marc Brown comments “The lads were unbelievable, to a man, the work rate and desire was what everyone wants to see. Everyone played a part in that result. Naturally nobody would have backed us. We have shown several times this season that we can compete but we haven’t done it for 90 minutes or from game to game. Last night they showed if they play for 90 minutes we can get results. The focus now has to be to continue that and not to rest on what we are working towards.

Obviously Eddie and Sym will take a lot of the plaudits. They will be disappointed with their goals tally this but their work rate has never been in question. Hopefully the goals last night will give them the confidence to kick on from here. Again, every player deserves a mention, but Cam Hall deserves a big shout out. He’s been coming off the bench in recent weeks and I know how disappointed he’s been at times, but he got the chance last and he’s grabbed it. It’s by far his best performance for the club.

It’s a big game. We had a close game in the cup, we aren’t that far apart in the league and in namesake, it’s a derby! Hall Road have a lot of experience on and off the pitch, mixed with quality. They too will be disappointed with their points tally and will see us as game to turn their fortunes around. We just need to keep working hard on and off the pitch. We have set the bar now and proven we can do it. Now it’s trying to ensure that level of performance becomes the norm now and not let it slip. Its a big game for both clubs and I’m sure there will be plenty of goals!”

Assistant Manager, Paul Reed added: “The performance against Brigg Town was one that was brewing to be fair and we just needed that confidence to put in that type of performance. We set the team up to frustrate Brigg and ultimately we needed to be disciplined, we needed to stay compact at the back and we needed the ball to stick with Syzmon up top. Our outlet was always going to be down the wings, which the lads listened to and played it very well.

We’re a little frustrated at the type of goals we conceded and the lads know that, however, we can’t take it away from them tonight. Every player was superb, once the lads start to realise their own abilities it’s amazing that with a bit of confidence and mix it in with ability how good they can play and mix it with the so called big boys. Syzmon led the line brilliantly, he stayed disciplined, helped cut the balls out from their defence, worked tirelessly and deserved everything he got when his goal came. 

Eddie, what can I say, just a superb show of attacking prowess, pace, skill, power and a willingness to drive the team forward. Cam was another player tonight that stepped up and showed exactly what he’s about, a great performance from him which from our time at the club is not his usual position. We now have to take this into Saturday against Hall Road. The lads know it’s not just a flash in the pan this result, it’s one that was fully deserved and they know they have to take this momentum into the next game. We will make sure complacency doesn’t set in and as a club we know how big Saturday’s game means.”

Vice-Captain, Szymon Czubik added comment on the squad’s performance and from a personal perspective: “Every single player in that team gave everything on that pitch and we have showed passion and character that we can battle for each other and play as a team it was a perfect display by the team and we have showed plenty time that we can play but tonight we did something special and prove everyone wrong that we can play the big teams and compete in this league. 

I’m over the moon with my personal performance it’s quite hard to play alone as a 9 but tonight I felt very confident and strong and things were going my way and it helped getting early assist in first 5 mins and then to score 2 more goals and win the game topped it off as I thought we were a better team and deserved that win.”

Concluding the post-match conversations, Man of the Match, Eddie Wileman added further comment on the squad’s performance and from a personal perspective: “I don’t think anyone was expecting us to win tonight but I could sense early on that we were going to have joy on the counter-attack.

We’ve gone in at half time with good teams before and then had crazy spells where we’d concede 2 or 3 goals in quick succession. We talked about this at half time and it was really satisfying that that didn’t happen tonight – everyone stayed compact defensively and didn’t drop their guard. The week off helped and I think we all looked a bit fresher.

For me, the early goal I scored gave me the confidence to carry on making those runs and getting in goal scoring positions. I’m delighted to have scored 3 tonight and hopefully this will give me the impetus to kick on and score a load more.”

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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October 20, 2021