On the back of a frustrating evening away to Shirebrook Town, FC Humber continued their league campaign on a damp Saturday afternoon at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium. This time out, Humber were perhaps left to rue their own misfortunes despite walking away with a point as the club returned home to face fellow strugglers, Rainworth MWFC. On an afternoon that offered weather commonly categorised as typical Yorkshire, their opponents had begun the day two places above Humber after a torrid run of results saw them two points above with everything to play for. 

On the back of Tuesday’s dissatisfaction, a renewed sense of passion had continued for Humber with every intention of building upon, as the side went in search of securing yet another haul of points in a game perhaps considered a six-point fixture. Yet as is sometimes the case, things are perhaps never straight forward. In search of getting the proverbial ball rolling, 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 Rainworth vied for early supremacy. 

Humber however, soon settled into the fixture and offered the unsuspecting viewer a solid display on the defensive front. In many ways, Humber also rekindled a little form from previous encounters early in pre-season and the season itself; a composed and professional approach reigned supreme as Humber took hold of the game and made it hard for their opponents to play, the only aspect that was lacking from an otherwise decent performance, was a goal. 

Despite opportunity coming aplenty, Humber lacked that killer blow and had to wait until the fortieth minute for the deadlock to be broken; Ewan Hallows initiated a vicious drive at the heart of the Rainworth defence and was perhaps unlucky to see his driven strike parried by Marcus Coombs, however, Eddie Wileman had anticipated well and pounced on the keeper’s mistake to slot the ball home. Humber then doubled their lead moments prior to the halves end; Brandon Burke found himself through on goal and slotted home a vicious strike, capping off a sensational first half performance. 

HT: FCHU 2-0 Rainworth MWFC

Heading out from the break it was evident the opposition would have been given a good talking to and would come out fighting, subsequently emphasis would perhaps be on Humber to come out stronger. Yet, as witnessed many times previous, Humber began slower and perhaps lacked that same desire witnessed in the first forty-five. Despite being saved by the woodwork on multiple occasions, Humber finally conceded in the sixty-fourth minute when Aaron Hewitt nodded home Kieran Coupe’s deep cross. 

Much to the horror of the newly appointed managerial team, Rainworth levelled the game ten minutes later after Nathan Benger nodded home Aaron Hewitt’s cross. The visitors then turned the game on it’s head a minute later when Lucas Cotterill’s fierce drive found the net, perhaps leaving FC Humber shell-shocked. Fortune favoured Humber from going further behind moments later; another fierce drive from Lucas Cotterill struck the upright and crossbar before being cleared to safety. 

Previous affairs would have perhaps seen Humber succumb to defeat after an overhaul such as this, however, there was something about Humber this time around, something different. Sure enough, deep into added time, Humber mounted one last offensive and a defensive error initially forced a decent save from Marcus Coombs yet couldn’t prevent Cam Hall from slotting home the rebound to level the game out. One for the footballing drama that certainly had a few hearts racing. 

FT: FCHU 3-3 Rainworth MWFC

As It Happened

Positives despite defeat

Despite pointing out the obvious disappointment, there perhaps are plenty of positive aspects to take from the game against Rainworth MWFC. Continuing on from a midweek outing at Shirebrook, Humber again offered a perfectly executed controlled performance and offered solidarity in defence. A sense of composure and professionalism are returning to the side that had previously known nothing but disappointment these past weeks. A usual suspect had crept in, early in the second half that saw their opposition turn the game on it’s head, however, where they may have crumbled previously, the lads showed great resolve in securing a point. Plenty to work on moving forward. 

Dwindling downfalls

Despite a vastly improved performance, Humber still had that little niggle in them that has previously let them down throughout the season. After a superb first half, a slow start to the second saw their opposition turn the game on it’s head, with three goals in relatively quick succession. Despite this though, signs of previous downfalls do appear to be dwindling off the back of this performance. 

Man of the Match

In a game that had a number of potential candidates for man of the match, from Aiden to Sym, Luca to Brandon Burke. However, as sponsored by Talk Tonight – Selby CIC the Man of the Match went to Captain, Craig Allen. One of many who had a decent game, Craig was all over the park, tracked back to regain possession, and looked good going forward, as did others around him. The skipper would perhaps disagree, but it was a decent game that saw Craig never settle until the job was done. 

Post-Match Thoughts

Speaking after his first home game in charge of FC Humber United, the newly appointed Luke Herriott began with an honest assessment of the squad performance: “My first home game as manager and it didn’t quite go as planned. We set up in a certain way and for the first forty-five minutes it worked to perfection, but a woeful 15-minute spell in the second half ultimately cost us. We conceded one goal and our mentality is we now have lost the game. Positives from the game is we then found it in ourselves to get a late goal. 

Prior to the fixture, Luke had spoken of his main aim being tightening Humber’s defence and becoming harder to beat. Luke commented on the squad’s response, particularly in the first half: “We brought in a new defender, Jordan Woodhall and went on to make changes to the formation and the first forty-five minutes we executed our game plan to perfection. But like I explained, as soon as we concede one goal, the reaction from the players aims towards the game being lost. However, we will keep working hard with the team and in the coming weeks you’ll see massive improvements.”

The Gaffer then added comment on the second half, prominently despite falling behind the squad showed great desire: “With us having a fifteen minute spell of absolute madness in what I can only describe as self destruction. We then settled and came to think we aren’t out of this game and started to play football again. Cam has now come off the bench twice to make an impact. And at the time we needed a spark and Cam gave us that.”

Closing out the post-match discussions, Luke turned his attention to the next fixture and perhaps a tough test away to Rossington Main: “We now turn to training Wednesday night and making sure we prepare physically and mentally for our next game against Rosso. It will certainly be a tough game, against a side currently flying in the table. But we will turn up and put it on Rosso. It’s a game I believe we can get something from. With their pitch being wide our lads can get the ball down and give Rosso something to think about. It’s about rolling our sleeves up and taking the games to every team we play now.”

FC Humber United XI: Aiden Smith, Luca Binsley, Jordan Woodhall, Craig Allen, Jonathan Morritt, James Warwick-Atkins, Ewan Hallows, Brandon Burke, Szymon Czubik, Jonathan Wileman and Eddie Wileman. 

Subs: Luke Herriott, Corey Hawksworth, Cam Hall, Jamie Baxter and Jamie Phillips. 

Rainworth MWFC XI: Marcus Coombs, Kieran Coupe, Sam Weston, Matthew Cragg, Josh Smith, Isaac Fisher, Daniel Williams, Nathan Benger, Lucas Cotterill, Aaron Hewitt and Chad Wootton. 

Subs: Archie Williams, Alex Hardman, Morgan Snow, Julian Topliss and Matthew Baxter. 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

October 4, 2021