FC Humber returned to league action at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium off the back of a heavy defeat against Armthorpe Welfare, however, the club were left in good spirits after a rejuvenated performance. Humber Hosted Mansfield outfit Clipstone FC, who had found themselves in a similar situation to Humber after falling to defeat against Hall Road Rangers in their previous outing. Clipstone had begun the day sixteenth in the league and were within touching distance of their hosts. 

Humber had perhaps begun the day in search of a little redemption after back-to-back heavy defeats. Defeats that had ultimately initiated a reshuffle in personnel at the back. In search of a decent start, the game had begun as perhaps any game would, a tense opening few minutes as the twenty-two combatants of Humber and Clipstone vied for early supremacy. However, much to the dismay from those in attendance, Humber perhaps gave the Clipstone attack a little too much room; Jason Foster able to find the net from distance, giving the visitors the lead after 10 minutes. 

Despite an Achilles heel moment from the hosts, signs of an immediate response began to come to fruition. With the fixture fast approaching fifteen minutes, a lovely ball found Louis Blackwell in the middle, however he was unable to get a shot off and ultimately laid off the ball to Brandon Burke, who fired narrowly over the bar. Humber did eventually get the goal they had craved; the hosts were awarded a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the area after it was deemed Sam Ogden had handled the ball outside his area. Up stepped Jack Gascoigne with yet another sensational free-kick in front of the picturesque Selby Abbey, levelling the tie for Humber. 

With the game now level, the remaining minutes of the opening forty-five were a sometimes end to end affair. For the onlookers in their hoodies, counter attacking football took hold with opportunity entering the tie in abundance. Jack Gascoigne, Brandon Burke, Szymon Czubik and Louis Blackwell all had decent opportunities to give Humber the lead, however, their efforts ultimately went unheard. 

HT: FCHU 1-1 Clipstone FC

The second half bore witness to a slow start from Humber, as the visitors soon capitalized on a dip in tempo. Clipstone No.9, Jack Warwick was perhaps given too much time and room within the Humber area and ultimately made the hosts pay, giving Clipstone the lead two minutes after the restart. Humber appeared to be stuck in a rut as their slow start to the half ensued, that was until lead scorer Louis Blackwell unearthed perhaps his trademark goal; after breaking from his marker, Louis instinctively turned and fired toward goal, seeing his effort fly past Sam Ogden. Humber was back in the mix. 

With the game entering it’s later stages, both teams had opportunity to take the lead; Jordan Wells found himself through on goal after a decent run, his strike would ultimately let his efforts down after firing over the bar. The came perhaps a moment of brilliance from Jonathan Wileman a.k.a Joggers, whom had channelled his inner Messi; after collecting the ball deep in the Humber half, a marauding run deep into the Clipstone half ensued, once more, the final effort was the downfall of an otherwise epic move. 

However, Humber saw their effort pay dividends; Szymon Czubik played the ball across from the left, finding Brandon Burke roughly twenty-five yards out. A moment of clarity then saw Brandon take a quick touch and a wonder strike pierced the hearts of the Clipstone XI, finding the bottom-left corner. What a moment. The resulting celebrations showed it all. However, the game had yet to show it’s final hand as Clipstone were able to score a third through Will Heather, with ten minutes left on the clock. 

FT: FCHH 3-3 Clipstone FC

As It Happened

Far better performance 

Hosting Clipstone FC at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, brought about a far better performance from FC Humber United. Despite the three 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 Teversal and Shirebrook Town. 

Positivity renewed

Many have commented on the positivity and togetherness that has perhaps made it’s return to the Humber fold. Humber offered both in the bucket load against fellow NCEL outfit Clipstone 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?!

Man of the Match 

In a game that had a number of potential candidates for man of the match, from Jonathan Morritt to Brandon Burke to Jamie Phillips and Ewan or Szym. However, in a game that saw a much-improved Humber side, the man of the match sponsored by Talk Tonight – Selby CIC, Jack Gascoigne. One of many who had a decent game, Gazza was all over the park, tracked back to regain possession, and looked good going forward, as did others around him. Perhaps the only blemish from an otherwise decent performance, was a scored free-kick that had found the net in a more central position as opposed to a more eye-catching top bin effort.

Post-Match Thoughts

Speaking after the game in a post-match interview, Mark Maspero offered an honest assessment of an exciting, [Result] at home to Clipstone FC: “Today was pleasing, a lot better. We spoke with the squad and said that we wanted three small wins today; we wanted to keep a clean sheet for the first ten minutes, we nearly got there. We asked, that we were still in the game at half time, another tick. And we asked that we keep eleven players on the pitch. We talked about that and we talked about how we’ve had four games where we’ve kept eleven players on the pitch, and we’ve been competitive and got points. We’ve also had four games where we’ve had players sent off, we’ve conceded vast amounts of goals and not got the points. It was positive today; we ticked all the boxes we wanted to tick. Still a little bit disappointing as we were winning and we should have seen the game out, but a lot better. 

We then conversed on the difference in Humber’s defence made today, Mark added a comment on the matter: “We had an honest chat with people after the last two results. We’ve ultimately got rid of a few players and we’ve brought new players in, we’ve still got another two or three to come as well. So yes, I think with the back four, we’ve two new players and we’ve Joggers, who has been injured all season. So, three of the back four were new but they’ve done well. Having a bit more physicality and a bit more pace in the full back areas has helped us massively.”

Concluding the post-match talks with the gaffer, Mark added his comments on the squad’s efforts to come back from behind twice: “We had a little bit of resiliency again today, previously we’d have perhaps folded, but today we’ve asked for a better mentality and a better desire which we’ve got. We tried to press higher and again, the new players that have come in, were good and made a huge difference.”

In continuation, man of the match, Jack Gascoigne added comment on the squad’s performance from an on-field perspective: “I think today, we’ve had a lot higher press. It’s been a lot better, starting from the back, up into midfield, even into attack, I think we’ve been better all over the pitch. We’ve seen a higher press; we’ve moved the ball around. We actually looked a bit dangerous today rather than be on the back foot and be defensive all game. It’s definitely something to work on.

Gazza then added a comment on his own performance after being awarded man of the match: “I’m very happy to have been given man of the match. I think there could’ve been a few today, for me to be picked out of all eleven players, it’s a happy moment for me. Especially scoring that free-kick.”

Concluding the post-match interviews, Brandon Burke added his account of the teams performance in conjunction with a personal note on his own performance: “Yeah today was a good point on the board and we were unlucky not to get the three points. But all the lads battled and we all worked as a team, in defending and attacking, brilliant. Normally I play in centre midfield and as an attacking midfielder, but today I’ve been playing out on the left-hand side. Yeah, I’m happy with my performance today and I was driving at their full back, making him turn. I’m Happy to have got a goal and an assist today.”

FC Humber Starting XI: Aiden Smith, Luca Binsley, Jonathan Wileman, Jack Gascoigne, Cam Davies, Jonathan Morritt, Ewan Hallows, Jamie Phillips, Louis Blackwell, Szymon Czubik and Brandon Burke. 

Subs: Oli Barton, Jamie Baxter, Cam Hall and Eddie Wileman

Clipstone FC Starting XI: Sam Ogden, Connor Wright, Jordan Wells, Jason Foster, Liam Carrington, Dec Whitton, Mitch Mullins, Will Heather, Jack Warwick, Joe Massey and Dec Sorrell. 

Subs: Josh Pickering, Elliott Barnard, George Hardwick, Harry Lindsay and Ryan Skidmore. 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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September 5, 2021