With non-league football making it’s long-awaited return in recent weeks, FC Humber United began their league cup campaign with a narrow home defeat against Hall Road Rangers. With supporters also offering signs in gathering during the live action, the now FC Humber announced their return to competitive cup action with a narrow 3-2 defeat. 

With the absence of Tom Micklethwaite-Charles through suspension, Mark Maspero had his FC Humber side set up in a similar manner to that of previous league meetings; Familiar faces occupied key areas of the FC Humber starting line up through first XI stalwarts Aiden Smith, Cam Hall and Louis Blackwell. However, Szymon Czubik made his return to the side completing a front three alongside Louis Blackwell and Eddie Wileman; The League cup opener also handed Alex Head, Owen Fletcher and Tom Phillips their debuts for the club.

The host’s were accomplished victors in their league opener; However, FC Humber found the opening minutes of their league cup tie somewhat nightmarish as Hall Road capitalized on a slow start from FC Humber, scoring the opening goal of the game with seven minutes on the clock. Sam Robinson opened his account for the night after a defensive mishap from FC Humber.

Further misery drowned the slow endeavour from FC Humber; Much to the frustration of the coaching staff, defensive mishaps ensued for the hosts as Hall Road extended their lead twice through Connor Harman and a second Sam Robinson goal, propelling the visitors to a three-nil lead after the opening thirty minutes. However, the fixture soon levelled out with the host’s perhaps realising the error of their ways as the game entered half-time with Hall Road three-nil up.

HT: FCHU 0-3 Hall Road

After the restart, FC Humber soon regained a foothold in the game as they offered a more solid approach to the tie compared to the first forty-five; Their attacking presence began to ask questions of the Hall Road defence as a more calm, collected and composed game ensued from the hosts. FC Humber were duly rewarded with a goal as the game approached the hour mark; Returning forward, Szymon Czubik fired home to give FC Humber a little hope of overturning the fixture. 

Remaining an ever present threat through the second half, FC Humber searched for an elusive second goal through the many chances that fell to them in their composed endeavours; With the dying minutes approaching, the ball broke free for Cam Hall as he fired home a second goal for FC Humber, leading to a tense finish as the game approached the final whistle. The hosts perhaps should have pulled level through Cam’s goal. 

Minutes earlier, a penalty was awarded that saw Szymon Czubik hit the bar through a powered effort, the keeper was well beaten; Ultimately, the hosts were unable to secure a third goal of the game to extend their aspirations of cup glory. The game ended in defeat for FC Humber as Hall Road proceeded to the second round. 

FT: FCHU 2-3 Hall Road

As It Happened

A Tale of Two Halves

Becoming somewhat of a regular feat for FC Humber; FC Humber most certainly produced a tale of two halves, previously witnessed in their inaugural fixture against Selby Town and at home to Winterton Rangers. The first half was a slow affair for the hosts which subsequently invited Hall Road into a three-nil lead after half an hour, ending in disappointment come half time despite coming into the tie late in the half. 

However, the second half was far superior for FC Humber as the squad once more rekindled their composed nature, truly showing the crowd how they can play. Their ever growing attacking presence certainly asked questions of the Hall Road defence but were perhaps unlucky not to pull level from a missed penalty. 

Stronger Attacking Presence

With players now eyeing a return to action, FC Humber offered a much-improved performance up top with Szymon looking particularly sharp on his league debut. Louis Blackwell caused a multitude of issues for the Hall Road defensive lines, but may feel the frustration due to a lack of possession on the ball. Eddie Wileman completed the FC Humber front three and looked strong out wide. 

Mark Maspero previously commented: “Eddie gave us a different option when introduced. He is great when running at players with pace and power. I enjoy watching him in full flow.” Factoring this into the danger Szymon and Louis provide, time would suggest that these three could prove potent given the minutes together. 

Penalty Woes & Lessons Learnt

The game could well have ended in a more positive manner for FC Humber; However the squad can’t rue on missed opportunity as the tie could’ve ended within a mother of all comebacks, a matter minutes separated the goals. A penalty separated them which saw Szymon Czubik hit the bar through a powerful effort, the keeper well beaten. If at first you don’t succeed, try again and try again we will. 

Inconsistency would perhaps best describe FC Humber right now; Everyone involved with the club has witnessed the true capabilities of the squad from glimmers in pre-season to an opening day drumming of Dronfield Town. Yet the aftermath of FC Humber’s league cup first round defeat sits as a constant reminder that we cannot start games so slow and expect to get something out of it. We can only learn from recent events and look to Saturday’s home tie against Glasshoughton Welfare.

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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August 11, 2021