Match Report: Halifax RLFC 18-10 Hull FC
The Black & Whites fell to defeat in their opening pre-season clash of 2020, going down 18-10 to Halifax RLFC at The Shay.
On an afternoon of many changes and experimentation from Lee Radford as he toyed with his squad ahead of the new Betfred Super League campaign, Hull had young pair Charlie Patterson-Lund and Jacob Hookem get their names on the score-sheet, but the Championship side earned victory in a game dominated by defences.
The game was a chance for some younger members of the Airlie Birds’ squad to get a run-out alongside some more experienced heads, with no less than 23 players featuring for the visitors.
The Black & Whites went into the game with a mix of youth and experience. First-team stars Albert Kelly, Josh Griffin and Andre Savelio all featured, alongside Ratu Naulago and Jordan Lane.
New recruits Jordan Johnstone and Joe Cator also got their first run-out for the Airlie Birds, as well as a whole host of young Hull FC stars including Jack Brown, Kieran Buchanan and Academy half-back Jacob Hookem.
Halifax earned the first real chance of the game as they attacked down the right edge. Back-rower Paul Brearley attempted to go over in the corner but was prevented by strong pressure from young Black & White centre Cameron Scott.
It was the hosts who opened the scoring after the quarter of a game had passed, with James Woodburn-Hall having the pace to get on the end of delicate grubber from ex-Widnes half-back Tom Gilmore and touch down. After assisting the try, Gilmore converted.
With five minutes remaining in the half, an injury to former Hull KR man Ben Kavanagh saw a lengthy stoppage in the contest, before being stretchered off down the tunnel.
Hull looked to have earned their first score of the game with just moments remaining in the first-half when new recruit Jordan Johnstone darted for the line from close range, but some resolute defence fromm Fax kept FC scoreless.
Half-Time Score: Halifax RLFC 6-0 Hull FC
Hull finally managed to get themselves over the line with 30 minutes left on the clock thanks to young back-rower Charlie Patterson-Lund. A cross-field break from Jack Sanderson, coming on at half-time in the full-back position, put Hull in good position before finding a tidy offload to centre Eldon Meyers who in turn fed the ball to Lund, who scored next to the uprights. Harris converted to level the scores.
The West Yorkshire side regained the lead with 18 minutes remaining, with towering back-rower Paul Brierley crashing over from close range. Tyrer made the lead six points with the boot.
It looked as if dual-registration player Travis Corion has sealed the win for the hosts in the final ten minutes, but was forced into touch in the corner by the Black & Whites.
But Corion would get his try just moments later. Tyrer kicked over the top and after collecting the ball himself, sent a basketball pass out wide to the youngster to this time secure a try in the corner. Tyrer added the goal.
FC would get over the line in the closing stages thanks to Academy prospect Jacob Hookem. Kicking over the top, the ball was dropped by the Fax defenders allowing the 17-year old to pick up and slide over. Sanderson couldn’t kick the goal.
Full-Time Score: Halifax RLFC - Hull FC
Teams / Scorers
Halifax RLFC: Reece Chapman-Smith, James Staltonstall, James Woodburn-Hall, Ed Barber, Conor McGrath, Scott Murrell, Tom Gilmore, Dan Fleming, Keal Carlisle, Elliot Morris, Matt Garside, Paul Brearley, Kevin Larroyer.
Interchange: Curtis Davies, Steve Tyrer, Ben Kavanagh, Jacob Fairbank, Will Calcott, Fraser Stroud, Alfie, Copley, Travis Corion.
Tries: Woodburn-Hall (18), Brearley (62), Corion (71)
Goals: Gilmore (1/1), Tyrer (2/2)
Hull FC: Connor Wynne, Matty Dawson-Jones, Eldon Myers, Kieran Buchanan, Ratu Naulago, Albert Kelly, Liam Harris, Masi Matongo, Joe Cator, Jack Brown, Josh Griffin, Andre Savelio, Brad Fash.
Interchange: Charlie Graham, Jack Sanderson, Lewis Bienek, Charlie Patterson-Lund, Jordan Lane, Ben McNamara, Jordan Johnstone, Tom Goulding, Jacob Hookem, Cameron Scott.
Tries: Patterson-Lund (50), Hookem (76)
Goals: Harris (1/1), Sanderson (0/1)