Hull FC Reserves got their second win of the year over Bradford thanks to a gutsy performance at Odsal on Sunday afternoon.
The young Black and Whites won it 20-16, showing plenty of character to come from behind and score four tries to snatch the game from the Bulls, despite having only 16 players.
On the contrary Bradford, with no fewer then eight blokes named on the bench, kept their middles fresh, but Hull were restricted to just three interchanges, with Lewis Bienek and Lochlan Fitzgerald not making the match-day line up. That meant Hull had to do it tough, especially in the middles, but it’s a challenge they rose to, getting better as the game went on both with and without the ball.
Coach Richard Tate gave another run out to young back rower Jordan Lane, who played big minutes and came up with some decent touches. Lane picked up loose balls, and provided neat offloads to complement a strong running game throughout, as he pushes towards a potential first team recall after a troublesome knee injury.
Lane’s Super League experience, along with the in-form Kieran Buchanan, told. The latter played fullback again and was always probing around the pitch, scoring a fine second half try.
Other scores came from Ryan Johnson and Charlie Graham, laterally set up by the former. Johnson was a threat on the right edge throughout, causing Bradford problems as both a try and assist show.
Teenage half back Ben McNamara got what turned out to be the winning try with an excellent twenty or so metre dash. The stand off is settling into this level really well and certainly knows where the try line is.
Elsewhere Harvey Gotts again impressed at loose forward. He gets through a mountain of work every game and hopefully will continue to develop in this system, one which will be enhanced greatly with a full-blooded comp next year.
Amongst the amateur contingent, Elliot Townsend and Ryan Price impressed, especially the latter prop who copped a couple of big knocks to fight for his teams cause. Youngster George Cooke was also given another run out in the middle.
Bradford meanwhile, coached by former Airlie Bird cup winner Garreth Carvell, played hard and were well-drilled. They’re a good side, they moved the ball well and tested the Hull side, who luckily were up to the challenge.
The Bulls started the game superbly earning a 10-0 lead. Hull though grew into the game and fought back to level the scores, but the Bulls got the lead again, before two more away tries sealed an impressive result.
Another strong advocate for the Reserve format, Hull showed some admirable battling qualities to win, with Featherstone, the only team to beat the Black and Whites at this level this season, coming to Hullensians on Thursday week.
Meanwhile Hull quartet Jez Litten, Jack Brown, Danny Washbrook and Connor Wynne were all on dual reg at Doncaster. The Dons lost out 12-22 to top of the table Whitehaven.
Bradford Reserves Starting XIII: Joe Brown, Dalton Grant, Ashley Gibson, Rhys Evans, Josh Rickett, Matthew Race, Harry Shackleton, Ebon Scurr, Lochlan McGill, Mikey Wood, Elliot Culling, Vytas Vaznys, Jake Lightowler. Interchange: Isaac Coleman, Bradley Gallagher, Layton Heywood, Kian Oldroyd, Anesu Mudoti, Daniel McGrath, Alix Stephenson, Bradley Ho.
Bradford Reserves Tries: Rickett 2, Lightowler. Goals Shackleton 2/3
Hull Reserves Starting XIII: Kieran Buchanan, Charlie Graham, Ryan Johnson, Jack Bartlett, Josh Atkinson, Ben McNamara, Kieran Smith, Ryan Devaney, Jordan Webster, Elliot Townsend, Ryan Langton, Jordan Lane, Harvey Gotts. Interchange: George Cooke, Ryan Price, Robert Howdle.
Hull Reserves Tries: Johnson, Buchanan, Graham, McNamara. Goals: McNamara 2/5
Scoring System: 4-0, 10-0, 10-6, 10-10, 16-10, 16-14, 16-20
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