FC Humber returned to league action at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium off the back of an away day defeat against fellow strugglers, Teversal FC and the club were left to rue in further disappointment after another defeat at home. Humber hosted Wakefield outfit Nostell MWFC, who began the day inside the league’s top four after a decent string of results to start their season. Hope ensued for Humber, in perhaps causing a proverbial upset and come away with a decent result against one of the league’s high flyers
As for the hosts, Humber had begun the day in search of a return to the calm, composed and professional approach once seen in pre-season and more noticeably, against Selby Town and North Ferriby; but it was always going to be difficult against an in-form side such as Nostell. In search of perhaps writing a few wrongs, the game had begun as perhaps any game would; an intense opening few minutes the was borderline physical as the twenty-two combatants of Humber and Nostell vied for early supremacy.
Unfortunately for Humber, an old foe reared its ugly head; in perhaps a lapse in concentration saw the opening minutes turn a little nightmarish as Joe Kenny and Anees Younis fired the visitors into a two-nil lead, the goals coming in the six and tenth minute respectively. However, as witnessed so many times previously, it took an early flurry from the visitors for Humber to get into gear and play football; an immediate response was required and Jack Gascoigne provided it in the sixteenth minute, cutting the visitors lead in half.
The remainder of the half saw a pretty decent game of football as an improved Humber, challenged the high-flying opposition and ultimately caused a number of problems for their visitors. Fleeting chances came and went; perhaps the best of the bunch came from Danny Edwards in the thirty-fourth minute, though his effort on goal was matched by Aiden Smith.
HT: FCHU 1-2 Nostell MW
As for the second forty-five… Could you class it as a top Northern Counties East side, turning up the heat?! Or perhaps Humber’s demons returning to haunt them?! Or even a suggestion of a smidge of both perhaps. Anyhow, the visitors weren’t to take long in capitalizing on the game; with an empty net before him, Joe Wood perhaps had one of the easiest opportunities on goal as he fired Nostell into a three-one lead shortly after the restart.
The game then offered little in the way of resistance from the hosts as the visitors would be sure to take full control of the tie; Nathen Perks scored Nostell MW’s fourth of the evening as the game passed the seventieth minute. Moments later the visitors were awarded a penalty after Brett Smith was brought down in the area; up stepped the league’s leading scorer who slotted home the resulting spot kick for his second goal of the night.
FT: FCHU 1-5 Nostell MW
As It Happened
Goals and an Achilles heel
There is no denying that goals are guaranteed when FC Humber are in town, it is perhaps becoming a travesty that the vast majority are received at the wrong end. However, the Club will look to hopefully learn, adapt and move onto the next fixture. Many times have games bore witness to a Humber Achilles heel moment and more often than not, it is a lapse in concentration that produces the downfall and that was perhaps the case against Nostell.
Humber Man of the Match
After a late change to Humber’s starting eleven, Eddie Wileman was given the nod ahead of defender, Jonny Morritt and perhaps suggested a wise decision from management, with the Humber attacker being awarded the Man of the Match award later in the evening, as sponsored by Talk Tonight – Selby CIC. To Eddie’s credit, he has become somewhat of a workhorse in the team, putting in a shift whilst on the field of play. His strength and eye for goal also make for decent viewing when Humber are in attack.
FC Humber Starting XI: Aiden Smith, Luca Binsley, Jamie Baxter, James Warwick-Atkins, Andy Martland, Craig Allen, Ewan Hallows, Eddie Wileman, Brandon Burke, Szymon Czubik and Jack Gascoigne.
Subs: Oli Barton, Tom Phillips, Jonathan Morritt, Cam Hall and Louis Blackwell.
Nostell MW FC Starting XI: Adam Greenwood, Sam Ford, Jamie Allsop, Brett Smith, Alex Haigh, Harvey Walker, Anees Younis, Luis Penny-Larter, Nathen Hawkhead, Joseph Kenny and Danny Edwards.
Subs: Brandon Millar, Joe Wood, Alfie Proctor, Harry Atkinson and Nathen Perks.
Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United