Humber suffer late sucker punch against Rossington.

Myron Gibbons scored an 88th minute winner, to plunge Humber into further trouble at the bottom of the table.

Both sides defended supremely well, but could not find the killer touch for the most part to win the game, despite numerous chances.

But just before the game looked as though it was petering towards a 0-0 draw, Gibbons snatched the points right at the death. The number 9, delivering the cruelest of blows to a much improved Humber side.

Rossington were the brighter of the two sides and spurned the first chance of the match, after Nathan Whitehead’s shot was cleared off the line, following a corner.

Not long after Tyla Bell’s eyes must have lit up as he was sent through on goal, only to be flagged offside before he could get a shot away.

The match descended into a feisty affair and play was halted midway through the second half. Humber captain Mick Jones was down with a knock for a few minutes, but was able to carry on.

Humber were sent their first warning sign, after Rossington missed two quick fire chances. First Gibbons shot was saved one on one by Dave Howard, before Danny Durkin’s curler came crashing off the bar.

The chances kept coming for Gibbons, this time snatching at Deakin’s cutback. The ball going harmlessly over the bar from 15 yards.

From a defensive perspective Humber held firm in the first half but from an attacking standpoint created next to nothing.

Free scoring Szymon Czubik and Tom Alngohuro struggled to get into the game, no matter how much manager David Haley tinkered with their positioning.

The second half continued in a similar vein. Rossington creating and wasting chances.

Gibbons was the culprit once again, having a right footed shot saved on a tight angle. This came after a jinking run and a clever reverse pass by captain Bailey Conway.

Rossington’s frustration grew as the game wore on. The boiling point was a penalty appeal, which was waved away midway into the second half.

Gibbons found space on the right once again and his cross struck Humber defender, Craig Allen in the box. Rossington players and staff were vociferous in their appeals but the referee remained unmoved.

This latest scare seemed to spark Humber into life in an attacking sense.

A quick counter attack lead by Daniel Ward, resulted in a tame effort from Rhys Thomas on the edge of the area.

Immediately from Humber’s attack the goalkeeper bowled the ball out and set Rossington away. Neat interplay from Buckham and Gibbons sent Gregg Young through on goal.

Like Groundhog Day his shot went high over the bar, after failing to find his composure in front of goal.

Rossington looked as though they were going to pay for all those missed chances, as second half substitute Ewan Hallows reiginited Humber’s attack.

Czubik and Hallows broke from a Rossington corner in all of ten seconds, before the latter looped a shot straight at the goalkeeper from a great position.

Humber had their head in their hands a couple of minutes later aswell. Hallows was inches away from connecting with Czubik’s cross which flashed right across the goal.

Humber had a penalty appeal of their own after Hallows was brought down by Whitehead, who was the last man. The referees verdict: no red card and no penalty.

Rossington took advantage of this fortune and scored with minutes left on the clock. Gibbons put to bed all his missed chances earlier on in the match and found the clinical finish the match was crying out for.

Humber threw the kitchen sink at Rossington late on, but the visitors held out for the points.

The defeat has negative implications for Humber at the bottom of the table, with both Swallownest and Rainworth winning this weekend.

Despite the defeat, Humber manager David Haley had nothing but praise for his team following the cruel ending.

“The relief shown from the Rossington dugout when the final whistle went was a testament to how far this Humber team has come. Earlier in the season we lost 7-1 to this team, on Saturday we were unlucky not to get a point, if not all three”.

“Our defence have now only conceded four goals in five games and with man of the match- Craig Allen, Jack Durks and Dave Howard in superb form again, it’s easy to understand why. We defended very well throughout the game, the desire, the commitment, and determination shown by the lads was tremendous. The way they block off shots, tackled, headed and the saves from Dave Howard in goal were fantastic”.

“If our attacking play would of been as good as our defending we would have easily come away with all three points. Despite the fact we still created some good chances and if their defender wouldn’t of stretched out to get the slightest touches from a cross, Ewan Hallows, on his return would’ve tapped home the winner”.

“The positives from the game are there for all to see; we are now competing with promotion chasing teams but more importantly we have put together a team that is capable of avoiding relegation”.

“Let’s stay together and stay positive. Once again thanks for your support”.

Humber’s bid to stay up does not get any easier, with a trip to promotion chasing Brigg Town this midweek, next up.

However Humber have shown they can compete with the best sides in this division and can beat anyone on their day.

February 28, 2022