With the club’s pre-season entering its mid stage, the proverbial FC Humber juggernaut offers signs of gathering momentum as we get closer to the season opener at Home to Dronfield Town. 

Fresh off the back of their comfortable away victory at Hessle Rangers, FC Humber headed in their mid-week fixture against a decent Thorne Colliery, fully aware of the challenge they faced. However, through a continued vigour in the clubs training sessions, club manager Mark Maspero would have FC Humber prepared. 

The opening moments of the game offered little as the hosts battled it out with FC Humber in establishing a foothold in the tie. FC Humber began their efforts through a continuation of their composed, professional approach. However, it would be the hosts who capitalised first taking the lead through an Evan Fortune West goal. 

The game soon developed into an eye-catching fixture for onlookers and the lead Thorne Colliery had carved out subsequently wouldn’t last long. Jamie Baxter levelled the game for FC Humber prior to half time. Bringing the game to a level playing field at Half-Time. 

The second half however, would see FC Humber United begin in the best possible way. With their composed pressure applied to full effect, the visitors’ attacking prowess paid instant dividends as the Thorne defence fell to a Louis Blackwell effort, who bagged his third goal in two games shortly after the start of the second half. 

Confidence renewed, the second half subsequently saw FC Humber take their efforts up a notch or two and made short work in extending their lead. Cam Hall fired the visitors into a 3-1 lead moments after Louis’ effort had seen FC Humber take the lead for the first time in the game. 

Despite a fantastic display from FC Humber, Thorne Colliery did find the net for a second time. Curtis Mann pegged the visitors back to 2-3 fifteen minutes into the second half. 

However, FC Humber’s collective efforts would not falter as their lead was soon extended further. Cam Hall initially put FC Humber 4-2 up from the penalty spot as the second half approached the seventy minute mark. Further to their efforts, Szymon Czubik then fired the club into a 5-2 lead as the game entered its final quarter. 

As the fixture entered its final stages, there proved no let up in FC Humber’s performance, remaining on course for a well deserved victory. Upon the final whistle, the game ended in back-to-back wins for FC Humber United and a fantastic effort from the squad to say the least. 

As It Happened

An eye for goal

The FC Humber squad have developed a keen eye for goal thus far in their Pre-Season campaign, scoring fifteen goals in their opening three fixtures. Cam Hall and Louis Blackwell lead the way having netted on three occasions. FC Humber have also seen contributions from Brandon Burke, Szymon Czubik amongst others. Long may the goal scoring form continue as the club continue their vigorous efforts into the NCEL Division One season. 

Building the team Spirit

Now three games into their pre-season campaign, signs of the hard work that has been put in from all through vigorous training sessions are seeping through. Therefore, it is becoming clearer as each game passes of the gelling of the squad in conjunction with their unity in moving forward as one. Despite the clubs requirements in constantly learning, adapting and becoming stronger, it is hard to deny FC Humber’s early efforts in professionalism and composed nature. 

Post-Match Thoughts

In his post-match interview, Club Manager Mark Maspero offered his thoughts on the test Thorne Colliery offered. Mark highlighted his delight on the team’s performance against Thorne Colliery as being the squads best effort of their pre-season campaign, Having played their best football thus far. 

Mark went on to mention he is very much looking forward to witnessing the squad’s further efforts in gelling together and the squad really are looking good thus far.

Subsequently, Mark outlined the squad’s desire to dig deep after a few last minute team changes. Commenting on the team being far from the finished article, but all the hard work is coming together nicely and winning breeds confidence. Mark ended with a key comment on the squad not getting carried away, as it is aiming to be a very long season. 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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July 15, 2021