FC Humber put a temporary hold on their league campaign as they action at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium off the back of a rejuvenated performance against Clipstone FC, however, the club were left to rue a frustrating day at the office. Humber Hosted Rotherham outfit Parkgate FC in the FA Vase, who were perhaps in decent spirit after going toe-to-toe with league favourites, Selby Town despite losing the tie 2-1. 

Everyone loves a good cup run, a flair for the dramatic and a good underdog story. Humber had perhaps begun the day with that in mind, especially considering the much improved league fixture at home to Clipstone FC, last time out. The cup fixture had begun as perhaps any game would, a tense opening few minutes as the twenty-two combatants of Humber and Parkgate vied for early supremacy. However, much to the dismay from those in attendance, Humber as per their ability to somehow shoot themselves in the foot, gave their visitors the time and space, ultimately seeing Parkgate open the scoring in the twelfth and fifteenth minute; both goals came through Parkgate’s No.10, Alex Rippon. 

The visitors almost had a third after fifteen minutes; a perfectly weighted ball from the right wing found Alex Rippon at the back post, less was said of his effort on goal as the strike fired the wrong side of Aiden Smith’s right post. Soon after, Humber began to open up and looked decent value in the cup tie, as they began to play some decent football in front of the one hundred and sixteen strong crowd. Humber were unfortunate not to get on the score sheet themselves; Szymon Czubik and Cam Hall and Ewan Hallows looked the more dangerous for the Hosts, with Cam Hall having the lion’s share of the chances after hitting the post and seeing a few chances fizz over the bar. 

Despite coming into the game more and playing some decent football at times, Humber were perhaps unfortunate to see their visitors score a third; once more, a perfectly weighted ball in from the right flank found an open Tom Almond. Subsequently, he wasn’t to be asked twice on where the net was, slotting home a low driven shot past Aiden Smith for three-nil. 

HT: FCHU 0-3 Parkgate FC

The second half saw Humber begin as perhaps they should have begun the first, with intent and desire. With a newly found presence on the game, the fixture truly opened up into one for the neutral as some decent football ensued in a somewhat energetically end-to-end affair. However, despite the hosts looking much more solid and playing decent football in spells, goals eluded them, turning the tie into something of a frustrating night under the lights. 

Perhaps the best opportunity in the early stages of the second forty-five; A Jack Gascoigne free-kick twenty yards out, the resulting effort was something of a disappointment after recent efforts against North Ferriby and Clipstone FC, his effort fired narrowly over the bar. Humber were awarded a penalty prior to the hour mark; Cam Hall stepped up for the spot kick and saw his effort saved by Jordan Greaves. 

For all Humber’s efforts in restoring order in the game, it was Parkgate who scored the next goal of the game. Brandon Bagley scored the visitors fourth of the evening in the seventy-eighth minute and perhaps put the cup tie out of sight for Humber. How, in the dying moments of the game, Craig Allen scored what perhaps would be considered a consolation goal for the hosts, as the game neared the ninetieth minute. Parkgate had one last opportunity prior to full-time and almost made it five; a shot skimmed past the wrong side of the post. 

FT: FCHU 1-4 Parkgate FC

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, the club’s FA Vase tie saw Humber start slowly and perhaps a dip in concentration saw Parkgate open the scoring with two goals in five minute. Perhaps frustrating for the coaching staff as Humber did play some lovely football at times. 

Man of the Match 

In perhaps a fixture that left a bitter taste in the mouths of the FC Humber collective, following an Achilles heel game. The FC Humber man of the match, sponsored by Talk Tonight – Selby CIC was Ewan Hallows. Humber’s youthful winger offered an ever present threat going forward; Ewan had become a headache for the Parkgate defence with his ever present desire to turn and run at the defensive lines. Ewan even offered an uncanny desire at times to win back possession. 

Post-Match Thoughts

Speaking after the game in a post-match interview, Mark Maspero offered an honest assessment of an exciting, 1-4 defeat at home to Parkgate FC: “We knew exactly how Parkgate were going to play, we showed them how they were going to play, and the lads just didn’t deal with it, to slow. Starting in the first half, we got dominated, we got bullied, we got outfought and out ran. Again, we’ve made mistakes and they’ve scored from them. Parkgate made their own mistakes but we didn’t capitalize on them, we didn’t score and we didn’t even hit the target, so again, we are our own worst enemy and it was never a 4-1 sort of game. 

We’ve come out the second half as we should have started, again we’ve started the second half well, again we’re three nil down before we’ve started playing. We’ve asked the same questions, why did you not play football in the first half? Why just kick it long? Why just give it back to them? Couldn’t give us an answer. We’re asking the same questions; we’re getting the same answers and we’re making the same mistakes. And we need to find out why and quickly.”

We conversed on the numerous chances Humber created yet nothing really materialised, which ultimately fuelled the frustration, Mark commented: “We could’ve played another hour and not scored. I think we counted fifteen, sixteen, seventeen chances on goal and the keepers probably had to make one or two saves in each half. So again, we’ve not really worked him. We’ve had another missed penalty. A little bit naivety when the Parkgate defenders are diving in, in the box and we’re staying on our feet. We probably could have had another two or three penalties but we’re too honest.”

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

Subs: Oli Barton, Dan Murrie, Jamie Baxter, Jordan Shaw and Bartlomiey Grzywa. 

Parkgate FC Starting XI: Jordan Greaves, Elliott Simpson, Aiden Salmons, Haydn Ward, Tim Whittaker, William Wraith, Jack Bancroft, Tom Almond, Sam Richard Ackroyd, Alex Rippon and Alex Kualifa. 

Subs: Freddie Russell, Masai Arbouin, Andrew Dawson and Brandon Bagley. 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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September 13, 2021