On Saturday Humber set of from their temporary home in Selby with renewed confidence and with the weather looking better than of late, however by the time the team reached Nostell it was clear that conditions would be difficult again.
In the first half Humber set up with a game plan which was to defend strong and then potentially hit Nostell on the break. It was clear to see that Nostell were on top and had it not been for some fantastic saves and last ditch tackles Humber kept the game at 0-0 at half time.
Louis Blackwell who has been carrying a slight injury was substituted during the second half after Dave Haley (Humber Manager) changed the shape of the squad for the second half. This ultimately made Humber the stronger of the teams and looked the most likely to score. This being said Nostell had good chances and then scored in the 75th minute to lead 1-0.
For the remainder of the half Humber pressed for an equalizer which on reflection would have been a fair result to gain a point, but it was not to be as after a lengthy period of extra time the referee blew to give Nostell the win and 3 points.
With FC Humber United only conceding 2 goals in the last 3 games and winning 1 of those 3 games it is clear to see the improvements being made.
Next up is a home game against Shirebrook in what is considered a must win game.
Micheal Jones – Captain.
The game plan worked for most of the game and all the lads bought into the roles they needed to do both in and out of position so tactically the lads were very good.
In the three games I’ve been involved in I’ve seen development both on and off the pitch which has resulted in a better football club though ultimately the final result has always been our focus.
The Lads will keep working hard and supporting each other , the club and the manager because we are a different club to a few months ago.
Today could of quite easily been a draw and reflecting on the game, although we didn’t have loads of possession arguable we had the cleaner chances.
Things are going in the right direction and the lads can hold there heads high but we no it’s a results business and we have to keep pushing each game for a positive outcome. We still have a good few games to go at so we will keep moving forward .
Nostell are a well establish squad and most have played together for a while so we expected a tough game and in the end I thought a draw would of been a fair result, but as you know football isn’t fair some times. That being said it we are disappointed in the result however we take encouragement and work on our weakness in training, but also acknowledge or strength moving into a tough game on Saturday against shirebrook.
Post Match Comments – Dave Haley Manager.
Once again I am gutted for the lads performance away at Nostell today. Their effort, discipline and commitment was excellent and I really thought we deserved at least a point.
The players stuck to the game plan and if our finishing would of been more clinical we could of come away with the win.
Both keepers made a couple of great saves before Nostell went ahead in the 75th minute. It felt like a sucker punch for all the hard work that we’d put into our compact, defensive game.
After that we had to change our shape and high press Nostell to try get into the game. We almost did creating good chances but Nostell held on and they were very relieved when the whistle blew for full time.
For me the overall performance was pleasing, we didn’t get anything out of the game but the improvement is clearly there for everyone to see. Again, we need to take this into the next game and I’m sure we’ll get our rewards very soon.
Angus (Goose) Richardson . Man of Match sponsored by Talk Tonight alongside goal keeper James Aldridge.
Very unlucky today! We stuck to the game plan well and we put up a great fight, to deserve a win or draw. Just unlucky!
We have a great team that is improving each week. We just have to keep up the good performances and I’m sure the results will start to come!
Match report. Danny Lydiate FC Humber United Development Officer.