FC Humber United started 2022 with a home game against rivals North Ferriby at the FPH Stadium in Selby. Having had a rest over the festive period due to our game against Selby Town being postponed, we went into the new year looking to start fresh and put in a solid performance to build a platform for the remainder of this season.
North Ferriby sitting near the top of the table however came into the game on a recent two match losing streak, providing tough opponents in a fixture between two East Yorkshire teams.
In a game in which the visitors had more of the possession and chances, Humber had to defend well and we produced a solid, spirited and battling defensive performance throughout the 90 minutes.
As Ferriby broke the deadlock midway through the first half on the counter attack it was the visitors that went into the changing rooms with a slender one goal lead at the break.
FC Humber needed a response and found one just three minutes into the second half through a Brandon Burke diving header at the back post to draw the game level. With both teams looking to retake control and the lead, the game turned into a battle for supremacy in the middle. More defending and determination was in order for the Humber defence as we continued to hold onto a point.
A fine save from keeper Dave Howard kept out a Ferriby free kick from the edge of the area and a few goalmouth scrambles continued to frustrate the visitors until the game was changed when the referee pointed to the penalty spot on a contentious handball decision against captain Craig Allen. With the Ferriby striker sending Howard the wrong way in the resulting penalty Humber turned defence into attack in the final moments of the game looking to secure an equaliser in a game that most probably deserved a point for both teams.
Humber did receive a huge opportunity in the final moments with the referee again in the mix of the decisions by awarding Humber a freekick on the edge of the area with appeals falling short of what could have been a penalty, the resulting freekick being blocked by the wall of the visiting team.
Full Time: FC Humber United 1 – 2 North Ferriby FC
Overall a spirited performance and a solid platform for which we can build on heading into the new year, much more of the same is required if we are going to mount a challenge to stay up this season. FC Humber certainly showed in this game we are not cut adrift of the top sides in this league and gives manager Dave Haley a performance to build on heading into the next few away games before we return to Selby at the end of January.