Relegation threatened FC Humber failed to close the gap on fourth bottom Swallownest this Saturday, after a 2-1 defeat against promotion chasing Harrogate Railway.

New signing Adam Baskerville gave Humber the lead via the penalty spot, before a quick fire second half double from Kieran Greenway and Marcus Day flipped the match on its head.

Harrogate produced all the pressure early on and should’ve taken the lead when Kieran Greenway found himself through on goal. Only to poke wide, after being found well by Adam Shaw’s slide pass.

Against the run of play Humber took the lead, after drawing a foul in the box following a fast counter attack. Baskerville carried the ball over 50 yards, before finding Red Bates, who was chopped down by Elliot Holmes in the area.

Despite going the right way, the goalkeeper was powerless to stop Baskerville’s penalty, as he smashed it into the top right corner.

Harrogate did find themselves level shortly after the interval, with a similarly emphatic finish. The in-form Day and Greenway linked up, before the latter crashed home a sweet right footed strike high into the net. This time making no mistake one on one.

Dan Thirkell could’ve scored soon after but saw his close range header acrobatically saved by Ben Saynor in the Humber goal. The reaction save came at a cost though, with Saynor needing treatment following a heavy landing.

Day gave the North Yorkshire side the lead on the hour mark, following more good work from Shaw. Shaw’s through ball was perfectly timed and slotted coolly and low into the far corner by Day. His ninth in ten games.

Humber had their chances to get level, via pinpoint crosses from Bates. First Szymon Czubik headed onto the roof of the net, before Jack Durkin headed wide unmarked in the box.

Harrogate keeper Joe Wilton produced a fine save of his own, getting down well to a low struck effort by Brandon Burke. After the number 16 sidestepped two defenders with ease.

Day was full of confidence and nearly got his brace after picking Craig Allen’s pocket in midfield. The number nine saw the goalkeeper off his line from 40 yards and was inches away from executing the finish.

Humber threw everything at Harrogate late on, which left them susceptible at the back. With Saynor out of his goal, Harrogate broke forward with an empty net in sight. Fortunately for Humber, Day was not able to convert from the corner of the penalty box.

Humber had a late penalty appeal waved away and the match ended 2-1 to Harrogate Railway. A result which leaves Humber firmly in the relegation zone, with only five games in two weeks to go.

Next up for Humber is another crucial home game against Ollerton Town.

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March 27, 2022