The Black & Whites ended the 2022 season in gut-wrenching fashion as they went down 36-4 to Hull KR at the MKM Stadium.
The Robins charged into a 24-4 half-time lead, and Hull couldn’t fight their way back into the contest in the second-half, as KR piled more misery on the home side with two further tries.
Despite an extensive injury list which includes 14 first-team players, Hodgson welcomed back two key names from injury, with Darnell McIntosh returning to the starting line-up, while Danny Houghton came onto the bench to appear in a remarkable 37th derby and his 35th in a row.
Young winger Harvey Barron retained his starting spot after scoring a brace last time out against Toulouse – Reserves forward Will Gardiner also started at loose-forward, while Rising Stars Davy Litten and Matty Laidlaw were named on the bench.
Luke Gale, Jordan Johnstone, and Will Smith all started in what will be their final appearances for the club.
The following 14 players were unavailable for the Black & Whites:
Kane Evans (knee), Connor Wynne (Achilles), Brad Fash (suspension), Manu Ma’u (arm), Joe Lovodua (knee), Danny Houghton (quad), Adam Swift (leg), Carlos Tuimavave (Achilles), Josh Griffin (quad), Darnell McIntosh (foot), Andre Savelio (knee), Joe Cator (Achilles), Jack Brown (shoulder), Jack Walker (foot), Charlie Severs (shoulder), and Rising Star Callum Rutland (ankle).
Hull KR opened the scoring after eight minutes when a cross-field kick ended up in the arms of Will Tate, who touched down at the North Stand end. Milnes converted.
Hull responded though when on his final appearance in Black & White, Luke Gale got FC off the mark with some superb support play as Harvey Barron broke away down the left edge. Connor missed the kick.
KR extended their lead through Ryan Hall, who had a walk-in in the corner as the visitors had the number on Hull’s right side. Milnes slotted over the kick.
The Robins went further ahead as Will Tate grabbed his second of the afternoon, making the most of another high-kick that came loose.
A Milnes penalty put KR in a strong position going into the break, but Albert Vete made that even stronger when he powered over for their fourth try of the afternoon from close range. Milnes conversion made it a twenty point lead.
Half-Time: Hull FC 4-24 Hull KR
Hull KR went further ahead when Kane Linnett’s craft offload found Ethan Ryan, who raced over ten minutes into the second-half.
And Danny McGuire’s side rubbed salt in the wounds of the Airlie Birds as Elliot Minchella powered over in the final minutes of the game.
Full-Time: Hull FC 4-36 Hull KR
Hull FC: Jake Connor, Darnell McIntosh, Cameron Scott, Mitieli Vulikijapani, Harvey Barron, Will Smith, Luke Gale, Ligi Sao, Jordan Johnstone, Scott Taylor, Jordan Lane, Ellis Longstaff, Will Gardiner.
Interchange: Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Davy Litten, Matty Laidlaw.
Hull KR: Ethan Ryan, Will Tate. Jimmy Keinhorst, Sam Wood, Ryan Hall, Rowan Milnes, Phoenix Laualu-Tongaga’e, Albert Vete, Elliot Minchella, George King, Frankie Halton, Kane Linnett, Matty Storton.
Interchange: Connor Moore, Zack Fishwick, Connor Barley.
Hull FC Tries: Gale (11)
Hull FC Goals: Connor (0/1)
Hull KR Tries: Tate (8,27), Hall (18), Vete (37), Ryan (51), Minchella (78),
Hull KR Goals: Milnes (6/7)
Official Attendance, sponsored by Garbutts: 16,999
Campbell Engineering Man of the Match: Scott Taylor