Harrison Petrie’s second half try was the difference as Hull FC Academy edged a hard-fought match against London Broncos in the capital this afternoon.
In a game which presented few chances for the Black & Whites, they showed their teeth in goodball and punished some tame London defence.
Tom Jackson opened the scoring but London responded through Bill Leyland’s run out of dummy half with just over a quarter of the game gone. But it was Petrie’s determined drive over the try line which sent Hull’s youngsters back north with a hard-earned victory at Ealing Trailfinders.
The visitors struck first blood thanks to some early pressure in opposition territory. Owen Worthington had all of the time in the world to pick his pass, and his lead option of Jackson crashed over the line with the ball in his hands. Jude Ferreira converted to make it 6-0.
But back-to-back errors put Hull under duress at the other end of the field and hooker Leyland took advantage of space around the ruck to score from dummy half. Michael’s conversion made it 6-a-piece.
Errors and ill-discipline was proving to be Hull’s Achilles heel, but they were coming up with all of the right answers on their own try line, holding up several waves of London attacks into their in-goal area.
Shortly afterwards, Joseph Saunders had an opportunity to put the Broncos in front for the first time when a looping Alex Deery pass found its way to his left wing, but Vetaia Sukani met him ferociously to bundle him into touch.
At the other end, Davy Litten could have put FC in front at the interval but as he wriggled free of the contact, the fullback lost control of the ball as he went to plant it over the whitewash.
HALF-TIME: Broncos 6-6 Hull
The Black & Whites got the second half underway with some better discipline, but they still found chances hard to come by.
Some more desperate defending was required from the visitors as once again they staved off another wave of London attacks.
And they were rewarded at the other end of the field when Petrie steamed over the try line underneath the sticks, giving Callum Rutland the simple task of slotting over the conversion.
FC’s youngsters managed the final quarter of the game reasonably well, giving London few opportunities to get a head of steam. And as the clock was the Broncos’ enemy, sloppy errors started to slip into the game for the hosts and Hull saw the victory out eventually.
FULL-TIME: Broncos 6-12 Hull
Squads & Scorers
Hull: Litten, Ferreira, Walker, Speed, Wacokecoke, Rutland, Worthington, Burrell, Yeaman, Laidlaw, Jackson, Staveley, Stewart
Hull Interchanges: Gibson, Mafi, Masike, Morley, Petrie, Sukani, Wallis
Hull Tries: Jackson, Petrie
Hull Goals: Ferreira (1/1), Rutland (1/1)
Broncos: Michael, Svandize, Davidson, Dadd, Saunders, Deery, Rees, Parke, Leyland, Kirwan, Allen, Howorth, Gray
Broncos Interchanges: Bejandize, Cotter, Crozier, Hunter, Hutchings, Smith
Broncos Tries: Leyland
Broncos Goals: Michael (1/1)