Hull FC Academy moved up to second place in the Academy Championship thanks to a 32-20 win away to Castleford Tigers on Saturday.
Promising youngsters Harvey Barron and Jude Ferreira both scored braces, whilst there were also scores from Will Wallis and Matthew Smith as the Black & Whites came from behind to claim their second win of the season.
After a tight arm wrestle in the opening 25 minutes of the game, it was Hull who eventually drew first blood, and it took some real skill to break the deadlock. Barron’s offload found Ferreira on the inside, who charged his way to the whitewash from 50 metres out.
Ben McNamara kicked his first goal of the day to give the Airlie Birds a 6-0 lead.
Ferreira’s try sparked Castleford into life, and the hosts responded before half-time with tries from Josh Milthorpe and Nathan Magee.
With Adam Rusling kicking one conversion, the Tigers led 10-6 at the interval.
Castleford scored their third try of the match through Brad Graham just after half-time as they looked to take a stranglehold of the game.
But Hull had other ideas, and began the comeback through Ferreira, who crashed over from close range.
Barron put FC back in front with two trademark blistering runs. With pace to burn, the winger made it 22-14 to Danny Wilson’s side.
The game was still nowhere near finished, however, and Mackenzie Scurr gave Hull a scare when he crossed for a well-taken try with 13 minutes on the clock.
Powering his way over the line next was Will Wallis for the Black & Whites, a score that looked to put the game beyond the Tigers.
In the final minute, Matthew Smith was rewarded for his high-pressure when he grounded Jacob Hookem’s kick in the last minute of the game, putting the icing on the cake for Hull.
After the game, Hull FC Academy Head Coach Danny Wilson said: “I was really pleased for the players today. They were really excited to play this one given a few players from Hull went to play for Castleford.
“To win in such dominant style was pleasing. We are working hard in training and showing improvements which is brilliant.”
Hull FC Academy are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they host London Broncos at the University of Hull in a double header with the Black & Whites’ reserves side.