Hull FC Reserves showed their ruthless side in the second half to defeat Keighley Cougars Reserves 50-8 at Brantingham Park in game two of the Black & Whites’ Family Fun Day.
Following Hull FC Ladies’ barnstorming 56-6 win over Oulton Raidettes in the curtain raiser, the Black & Whites reserve side showed signs of class of their own to comfortably defeat a strong Keighley Cougars outfit.
Jez Litten was one of the stars of the show, scoring an impressive brace and steering the Hull ship to victory with his energy at hooker.
Jack Brown also scored two tries to cap off an impressive performance from the young prop forward.
Looking to assert their dominance in the early stages, Hull FC Reserves scored with their opening set of the match. A high-tempo start saw Hull end the set with Kieran Buchanan’s grubber kick, which Litten managed to ground. McNamara nailed the conversion.
Ten minutes later, Danny Washbrook rolled back the years by about ten years! With a skip and a step, the forward had enough space to dive over underneath the sticks. Litten made sure with the two.
Dean Hadley then made a break but was held up just short of the try line. Regardless, he managed to get a quick play-the-ball away and Buchanan had an easy scoot over the line from dummy-half. Litten converted to make it 18-0 after 18 minutes.
Following a couple of Hull errors, Keighley were keen to show that they weren’t here to make up the numbers. David Dixon showed an electric turn of pace down the right edge, before diving in at the corner. Hardcastle missed the conversion.
Half-time: Hull FC Reserves 18-4 Keighley Reserves
After the interval, the Airlie Birds hit Keighley with back-to-back quickfire tries. First Litten picked up a loose ball on halfway and showed a clean pair of heels to score his second try of the afternoon before Charlie Graham showed some pace of his own. Litten converted both tries to make it 30-4.
The Black & Whites weren’t letting up there. Joe Rustill cut in from his left touchline and raced over the whitewash from 40 metres out to finish off one of Hull’s best tries of the afternoon. Litten missed the conversion from out wide.
After an hour of hard graft in the middle, with some strong carries and big hits in defence, Jack Brown’s hard work was rewarded with a try. He muscled his way over the try line and somehow got the ball down.
Only a few moments later, Brown ran a strong line to score his second of the afternoon. But Keighley responded quickly through Morgan Robinson’s score.
Hull FC wanted to have the final say and they did. Ben McNamara was the player who scored after the ball went through the hands of Ryan Johnson and Ryan Langton before the halfback crossed in the final minute.
Full-time: Hull FC Reserves 50-8 Keighley Reserves
Hull FC Reserves squad: Kieran Buchanan, Charlie Graham, Ryan Johnson, Jack Bartlett, Joe Rustill, Ben McNamara, Kieran Smith, Jack Brown, Jez Litten, Elliot Townsend, Dean Hadley, Jordan Lane, Danny Washbrook, Harvey Gotts, Ryan Price, Ryan Langton, Ryan Devaney
Tries: Litten (3,46), Washbrook (12), Buchanan (18), Graham (49), Rustill (52), Brown (63, 68) McNamara (79)
Goals: McNamara (1/1), Litten (6/8)
Keighley Cougars Reserves squad: Alfred Seeley, Marcus Webb, Will Cooke, Macauley Hallett, Jordan Fitzpatrick-Parry, Billy Gaylor, Benn Hardcastle, Kieran Moran, Christopher Cullimore, Spencer Darley, Daniel Parker, Aaron Levy, David Weetman, David Dixon, Jack Coventry, Jamie Thackray, Luke Million, Matthew Bailey, Matthew Welham, Mark Barlow, Jack Arnold, Jordan Cella, Morgan Robinson, Adam Allerton, Brandon Godward
Tries: Dixon (29), Robinson (70)
Goals: Hardcastle (0/1), Parker (0/1)