On the back of perhaps a disappointing afternoon against Rainworth despite a point collected, FC Humber continued their league campaign on Saturday afternoon at Oxford Street. This time out, Humber were perhaps left to rue their own misfortunes once more, after their latest heavy defeat of the campaign at the hands of league high flyers, Rossington Main. On an afternoon that offered a much improved effort on the weather front in God’s Village, their hosts had begun the day inside the leagues top four and were in search of a further haul after a decent start to the campaign. 

On the back of the previous Saturday’s home tie, a renewed sense of hope had returned for Humber after a decent showing under the club’s new management; the club had every intention of transitioning forward in their campaign and made them known through a few well placed transfers. 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 Rossington Main vied for early supremacy. 

Much to the dismay of the on looking Humber contingent, Rosso soon found their rhythm and subsequently began dismantling their visitors as they romped to a four-nil lead inside the opening twenty minutes with goals from Danny Deakin, Jordan Buckham, Jason Stokes and Bailey Conway. The best perhaps Jason Stokes after controlling the ball and volleying home from the edge of the area. The score line remained until the break despite an opportunity from Rossington to extend their lead. As for Humber, a shot on target never materialised despite getting the ball down on occasion and creating a handful of half chances. 

HT: Rosso Main 4-0 FCHU

Out for the second forty-five and Humber had perhaps offered more in the way of challenging Rosso Main and were rewarded five minutes in after debutant Yaya Dembele found a pocket of space and beat Kian Johnson at his far post. However, the goal was perhaps nothing more than a consolation for FC Humber as Rossington soon regained their supremacy in the fixture and sought out to extend an already commanding lead. It wasn’t long before the hosts presence paid dividends; Greg Young nodded home a towering header from a fierce Danny Deakin cross, whilst Will Monteiro was unlucky not to score moments later after firing the ball over from a yard out. 

From then on, it was pretty much one way traffic thereafter with the majority of the attacking prowess coming from Rossington with Humber under firing in comparison to previous outings. Enter the final ten minutes and Tyla Bell and Josh Yeoman added further misery to Humber’s afternoon in Doncaster; Bell tapped home a tidy finish after Jamie Green broke the offside trap down the left flank to set him up and Yeoman similarly converted on a rebound from close-range.

FT: Rosso Main 7-1 FCHU

As It Happened

Leaking Goals

Despite providing a half decent return at the opposite end of the pitch, Humber has an uncanny ability to leak goals. Having conceded a near seventy goals thus far this season, something perhaps requires change in the defensive ranks of the club, especially considering some fixtures this season include a nine-two defeat to Hallam, and eight-nil defeat against Armthorpe and seven goals were put past them away at Teversal. You’d be hard pushed to find a team anywhere in the country with a worse defensive record than FC Humber United right now, and seven more goals were put past them in this defeat to Rossington Main at Oxford Street.

Never a dull moment

It’s never a dull moment when FC Humber are in town and their recent fixture against Rosso Main certainly proved that. The latest fixture for the newly rebranded FC Humber United, personified non-league football, offering neutral entertainment from start to finish despite being on the wrong end of the score line. As is the FC Humber way, there are always goals when we play and an away day at Rosso showcased this, yet it was not perhaps the way Humber had hoped though.

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. All we can do is learn from it and move on. 

Post-Match Thoughts

Speaking after the game in a post-match interview, Luke Herriott offered an honest assessment of the game and where Humber head now, after a disappointing defeat: “Our performance Saturday is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. From the first minute to the last minute we were all over the place and our fitness levels looked woeful, as did the mentality when conceding one goal, we just go. There needs to be a lot of work done and changes ready for when we play Brigg town. 

As a management team we sat and analysed the game and we look forward to making changes and adjustments in the squad ready for our next game. It’s what I can only describe as being one of my worst moments in football. We now have to make changes and it’s clear for all to see. Our nine day break comes at a great time for us, it will allow us to sit back, take in what happend and look at where we need to improve and what changes need to be made. What stuff we need to work on in training and how we take this club forward in the correct manner.

We have to analyse everything after that woeful performance. It’s quite clear that a losing mentality has set in and our players simply do not know how to conquer that and manage games correctly. We are not the type of management team that will call players out but after that some harsh words were exchanged in the dressing room after the game. We have come in and gave every player the opportunity to step up and be counted for whether that be in training or in a game. The fitness is a real worry especially after a third of the season has nearly surpassed us. 

Numbers in training haven’t been great, commitment from certain players is exactly one of the reasons why the club has delivered its points tally so far. We will now go and source the right personnel to come into the club and help build the side around the committed players already at the club. We are in no way totalitarians however sometimes in football you have to have a ruthless streak. This is the time we need to be, to get this great club back on track at first team level. We have great things going off at this club, especially with the community foundation project and we need to drive this positivity. Ultimately the buck stops with us and as a management team I’m confident we will get the club into a better position in the league and put in performances that reflect what the club is about. Frustrating weekend, we now take this 9 day break before Brigg to make the changes and work on our ideas on the training ground.”

FC Humber United XI: Aiden Smith, Luca Binsley, Dave Hancock, Brandon Burke, Jordan Woodhall, Craig Allen, Ewan Hallows, Jonathan Wileman, Szymon Czubik, Yaya Dembele and Eddie Wileman. 

Subs: Luke Herriott, Cam Hall, Jamie Baxter and Bartlomeiy Grzywa. 

Rossington Main XI: Kian Johnson, Paul Sherburn, Jamie Green, Bailey Conway, Gary Mundy, Greg Young, Danny Deakin, Jason Stokes, William Monteiro, Niall Doran and Jordan Buckham

Subs: Josh Yeamon, Ryan Wharton, Kabuya Kianga and Tyla Bell

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

October 13, 2021