Hull FC 17-10 Huddersfield Giants
Hull FC was back in action on Friday evening, hosting Huddersfield Giants. Brett Hodgson was even lighter of first-team players due to a combination of injuries and international duty. The Giants had similar issues within their squad, with both teams named several debutants between them. 17-year-olds; Aiden Burrell and Marcus Walker found themselves named amongst the interchanges for the Airlie Birds. Despite the number of first-teamers missing Hull thrashed Leigh Centurions last time out 64-22.
It was a Giants’ debutant who scored the first points of the game. Ashall-Bott with an easy score following a lucky ricochet. The visitors added further points from a Russell penalty conversion. Huddersfield looked the better side, Goulding almost crossing the line for a try, only to be held up by a solid defence. Russell kicked his third goal of the evening to give Huddersfield a 10-point lead as FC gave away costly penalties. The hosts did spark into life towards the end of the half and a lively move led to Oliver Russell being yellow carded for a high shot on Connor Wynne.
The second half was far better from the men in Black and White. Marc Sneyd with a cut out pass to Mahe Fonua to score yet another try this season. Finally, on the scoreboard Hull scored five minutes later, Jack Logan returning to the club only days ago on loan from Batley, out leaping his opposite number for the try. By the hour mark, the hosts had the upper hand. Marc Sneyd’s creativity caused the Giants problems. Three assists for the number 7 as his grubber kick was badly misjudged by Ashall-Bott at full-back, allowing Connor Wynne a simple touchdown. The final point of the game came from the boot of Marc Sneyd, a late drop goal sealing the victory. The Black and Whites’ nilled the Giants second half, despite being nilled in the first. It was a scrappy affair but a victory to be proud of for many of the young players involved.
Reported by: Simon Bromwich
Hull FC 17 (0)
Tries: Fonua, Logan, Wynne. Goals: Sneyd 2. Drop-goal: Sneyd
Huddersfield Giants 10 (10)
Try: Ashall-Bott. Goals: Russell 3