City of Hull Academy made it three consecutive victories on Thursday night as they beat Bradford 16-8 at Bishop Burton College. Here’s how the Hull FC ring-fenced lads got on.
Lochlan Fitzgerald – The fullback was safe under the high bomb and returned kicks well. Looked to join the attacking line at every opportunity and was vocal throughout
Ryan Adamson – Defended really well on the right edge in his first game back from injury. Bags of effort and got through his fair share of work in attack.
Kieran Buchanan – Gutsy performance from the Hull FC centre. Got an impressive physical stature and ran a great line for his try – his third in just his second appearance at under-19 level.
Bobby Downs – Entertaining running half Bobby looked to take the Bradford line on all night and caused them a few problems.
Charlie Weaver – Effort is never in question. His workload was good and he was always available to take the ball up.
Billy Wardell – Getting to grips with under-19 level in his first season the back rower was solid. Made some good carries and hit up in defence.
Bradley Spriggs – Very aggressive in defence and added that punch late in second half. Couple of monster hits that helped close the game out.
Joel Marquez-Laynez – First outing for City of Hull after two games for Hull FC reserves following injury. Made it count at this level. Strong, aggressive and was really good with ball in hand.
The game itself was a tough battle. Rain poured down on Bishop Burton for the majority of the match and that made for an error riddled contest.
Rovers ring-fenced half back Liam Harris was excellent throughout as City of Hull produced a spirited and gritty display – coming back from 8-0 down with 16 unanswered points – to earn a third consecutive victory.