Hosting a temporary pause on competitive league action, FC Humber sighted a County Cup scalp at the Roy West Centre in a 7.30pm kick-off against a well organised Hull City Development Squad. Despite being left to rue in defeat, Humber did present challenges as Hull City’s Academy produced a clinical and professional performance to advance to the next round of the East Riding County Cup. 

Looking to showcase themselves against a professional youth academy, Humber had successfully navigated early preparations from newly appointed first team coach, Dave Haley as the club progress to revive the season. With match officials commencing the cup tie, 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 Hull City vied for early supremacy.

It soon became clear of the attacking presence offered from the City Academy, multiple opportunities on goal had left the onlooking crowd bewildered. Beckett and Hinds were amongst efforts off target in the early exchanges and Will Jarvis had hit the woodwork with a thunderous effort. Humber themselves provided the odd advance going forward but it was ultimately City that opened the scoring; McCauley Snelgrove scoring in the seventeenth minute with a well placed finish. 

With a mere four minutes passing on the clock, City doubled their lead as Ben Clowes diverted into his own net, after Josh Hinds saw his initial effort saved by James Alderson. Humber’s newest man between the sticks was then further tested by both Will Jarvis and Oli Green whilst Andy Dawson’s young Tiger’s had further efforts sail over the woodwork. Humber restored a little faith in their efforts, pulling a goal back shortly after the half hour mark; a set piece initiated out on the right found skipper, Craig Allen at the back post who muscled his way into position and slot home. 

The City Academy restored their two-goal cushion soon after through a composed Will Jarvis strike. Unfortunately for Humber, three then became four a minute later; a Harry Lovick drive on goal took a deflection and found the back of the net. However, Humber enjoyed a spell toward the end of the half and were rewarded quite spectacularly; Szymon Czubik scoring a goal of the season contender from distance. 

HT: FCHU 2-4 Hull City Development

During the opening minutes of the second half, both Jack Gascoigne and Brandon Burke saw big chances in front of goal go wide in opportunities that could perhaps have changed the mood moving forward. Josh Hinds proved more clinical at the opposing end however; moments after Humber’s endeavours. A one-on-one with James Alderson saw Hinds glide round the Humber keeper and slot home. 

Eight minutes later and five became six for the Hull City Academy; Louis Beckett topped off a great City move from close range. Once again, Humber offered spells off their own in advancing forward in challenging City’s Academy, perhaps the best opportunity coming from Ewan Hallows who couldn’t quite get the required touch to steer the ball home at the back post from a decent Humber move. 

The game rolled on in a manner befitting a decent cup tie, an open affair for the footballing neutral and unfortunately for Humber, City never relented in their quest for further goals; Will Jarvis tested James Alderson from range shortly before Louis Beckett secured his brace for the evening just past the hour mark. Despite Humber having the odd spell themselves, McCauley Snelgrove secured his brace and City’s eighth with two minutes left to play. 

FT: FCHU 2-8 Hull City Development

As It Happened

Positives despite defeat

With the game ending in defeat for Humber, there are positives to take from a game against a professional development squad such as Hull City. Despite a tough challenge, it was felt a decent account was given in the way the team pressed and in possession. There are no illusions as to what preparations will be required heading into Saturday. 

Man of the Match

As sponsored by Talk Tonight – Selby CIC, Humber’s Man of the Match went to Szymon Czubik. Predominantly for the sublime goal scored prior to half time, Sym also had a decent game of the ball. As Vice Captain, Szym offers a level headed approach throughout games along with his raw talent, pace and power. He has the benefit and experience of playing in much higher leagues and can have a calming and influential effect on the younger players. His advice tonight was “regardless of the score, just go out and enjoy the game” This is a philosophy we believe in and his goal tonight was unreal. 

Post-Match Thoughts

Speaking after the game in a post-match interview, Dave Haley offered an all but brief and honest assessment of the squad’s performance: “Despite the result, I thought we gave them a good game. It was always going to be hard against professional players, especially with a makeshift back 4. There were lots of positives and some negatives that we must get right for Saturday’s game.”

Dave added: “We pressed well high up the field and we had good possession at times in the game. We need to improve how we play out of the back, as mistakes cost us goals and we still need to improve defensively.”

Concluding, Dave closed with his final thoughts heading into a big game Saturday: “Our attacking play is very good and we do have goals in the team. If we can improve defensively on Saturday then our result will be a positive one.”

The Gaffer’s opposing number and Lead PDP Coach Andy Dawson, added: “From our perspective, really pleased. We always talk about giving the boys different challenges, from coming up against different opposition and I thought tonight was a really good game for them. Loads of learning in terms of the way FC Humber played, which again, was a great challenge for our back four. 

Can we deal with longer balls forward? Can we win seconds? Can we adapt if the centre half does flick it on? Are we in the right positions? Which again, is a little bit different to what they’re used to which is why it is such a great challenge. A lot of the games we play are played through the thirds and as you say, we have to give the players all the different types of football, and I thought it was a great game tonight, for both teams.”

In a fixture that created plenty of opportunity, there could very much have been a larger score line than what the game suggests. Andy Dawson added: “But we weren’t, which is credit to FC Humber who recovered and the keeper made a couple of good saves from latch ditch defending. From Humber’s perspective, that’s good defending and good emergency defending. 

From our perspective, as young attacking players we’ve said we need to be more clinical, as we won’t always have opportunities or a lot of opportunities to score. So that’s the detail of a young player, can they make the right decision in the final third? Whether it be, to pick a pass or to shoot and that’s what we’ve spoken about at half-time and I thought in the second half we were a little more clinical and we had the extra pass to make the opportunity more clear, which is pleasing.”

FC Humber United: James Alderson, Luca Binsley, Jamie Baxter, Craig Allen ©, Sam Lingard (Charlie Ryder 69’), Ben Clowes, Ewan Hallows, Jack Gascoigne (Cameron Hall 66’), Eddie Wileman (Riley Hamill 76’), Brandon Burke, Szymon Czubik.

Subs Not Used: Daniel Leeming, Billy White.

Hull City: Harry Fisk, Billy Leach, Henry Curtis, Harry Lovick, James Carr, Alfie Taylor, McCauley Snelgrove, Oliver Green © (Harry Wallis 70’), Josh Hinds, Louis Beckett (Sam Deacon 70’), Will Jarvis (Jake Brown 65’).

Subs Not Used: Ben Voase

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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November 17, 2021