On the back of a stellar Tuesday evening against Brigg Town that witnessed perhaps the club’s best performance of the season, FC Humber continued their league campaign on Saturday afternoon at Haworth Park. This time out however, Humber were left to rue their own misfortunes once more after succumbing to another defeat on the road. On another windy autumn afternoon in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the hosting Hall Road were within touching distance of the visiting Humber with only three points and two league positions separating the two. Suffice to say, three points for either side would prove beneficial. 

Of the back of Tuesday night’s stellar victory, spirits were on the up as a renewed sense of hope had perhaps returned for Humber in continuing a decent spell under the clubs new management; the club had every intention of transitioning forward in their campaign and continuing their impressive feat from a cool Tuesday night under the light’s. In search of getting the proverbial ball rolling, the game had begun as perhaps many a game would; an intense opening few minutes that was borderline physical as the twenty-two combatants of Hall Road and Humber vied for early supremacy. 

Much to the dismay of the Humber touchline, it was the host’s who began the tie strongest and began to play some decent football. Subsequently early pressure paid off for Hall Road as they took the lead after fifteen minutes; Sam Robinson slotted home after latching on to a fizzing Chris Spinks cross. Things only got worse for the visiting Humber after the hosts doubled their lead in the twentieth minute; a smart attacking move saw the hosts win a free-kick twenty yards out which Chris Spinks took, however, the set piece proved to much as Dave Howard saw the ball slip through his hands into the back of the net. 

Unfortunately for Humber, the hosts’ controlling first half performance never lifted as their lead soon became three shortly past the half hour mark. Sam Robinson netted his second of the game after a smart piece of attacking play. Hall road subsequently topped off a strong first half in the forty-fourth minute and were perhaps out of sight at the break; Sam Robinson got to the ball before David Howard and subsequently smashed the ball home. 

HT: Hall Road 4-0 FCHU

Much to Humber’s disappointment, the second half began in a similar manner to that of the first half and a controlled effort from Hall Road. This eventually led to Hall Road getting a fifth of the afternoon, in the fifty-sixth minute; a well worked move culminated in a brilliant strike from Hall Road skipper, Scott Harmon. Meanwhile, Humber began to settle and offered an attacking presence of their own on the game as the tie became more of an even affair as opp9sed to that of a one sided fixture. 

The introduction of Yaya Dembele changed the complexion of the game in Humber’s favour and almost scored from his first touch after entering play. Subsequently, Yaya did pull a goal back in the seventy-third minute with a decent finish. A potential comeback never materialised from Humber, despite the added physicality that had come about from Dembele’s introduction and potentially left a bad taste in the mouth of the Humber management after such a fantastic display against top of the league, Brigg Town. 

FT: Hall Road 5-1 FCHU

As it Happened

Reverting back to the norm

A disappointing visit to Haworth Park brought about an unfortunate return of perhaps one of Humber’s proverbial ‘shooting themselves in the foot’ moments. As perhaps witnessed on a number of occasions through the season thus far; a lapse in concentration, losing a man or even a drop in confidence has led to the club’s demise in games. However, much to the disappointment of the on looking management, Humber failed to make a serious impact on the fixture for the most part especially after the fantastic effort put in against top of the league, Brigg Town. 

The disappointment of conceding

Despite providing a half decent return at the opposite end of the pitch, Humber has an uncanny ability to concede goals in decent numbers. Having conceded a near eighty goals thus far this season, it has become perhaps something of a disappointment considering the efforts the squad have shown they are capable of and there’s no shortage when down the other end either. Questions perhaps remain unanswered on the number of goals conceded yet we’ve every faith in management planning and player execution.

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.

Post-Match Thoughts

Speaking after the disappointment of Saturday’s visit to Haworth Park, co-manager Marc Brown shared an honest assessment of the squad performance: “Saturday was a difficult result to stomach. To go from the highs of Tuesday to being 4 0 down at half time was a huge reality check for all involved. This league is unpredictable and anyone can beat anyone, the lads need to prepare for every game correctly, we need that consistency from game to game. The quality is there but there is just something missing at times, The main thing is for the lads to lift themselves up, dust themselves down and go again. They are feeling it as much as we are. We all know that kind of performance isn’t what we want or expect but it’s important we all stick together and work collectively to move things forward. As much as we weren’t at our best, Hall Road have used their break very wisely. They have recharged and will be looking to kick on now after that performance.

We now have two weeks away from league action. It’s time for us to sit down and see where the squad is at and for the player’s to also reflect on their own game. We have plenty of work to do but I have every confidence that we have enough quality in the squad to get the consistency we are craving for.”

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October 31, 2021