An under-strength Hull FC Reserves side suffered a heavy 64-8 defeat at a red hot St Helens outfit on Saturday afternoon.
Having beaten the Saints just a week before, Hull travelled to Langtree Park making wholesale changes. It didn’t pay off, they were under-strength to say the least, but the manner of the defeat was certainly disappointing.
FC’s tries came from Hakim Miloudi and Masimbaashe Matongo, with the former impressing despite the heavy defeat.
Connor Bower missed the game through illness, with Jansin Turgut and Brad Fash once again playing in Super League, both of whom continue their impressive breakthrough years. Marvin Lee was also absent.
The Reserves fielded four City of Hull Academy players, with Bobby Downs, Niall Sidney, Billy Wardell and Rob Branton all featuring in the defeat. Jez Litten and Jack Sanderson played despite turning out at Leeds the night before.
Hull FC opted to field Reserve stars Jack Logan and Jack Downs at Doncaster on Sunday, meaning they also missed the game at St Helens.
The League One outfit lost 25-20 at Whitehaven in what was Richard Horne’s first game in charge as head coach.
Logan managed a brace of tries as Doncaster came back in the second half, in what his first senior game back from injury.
Interestingly Horne fielded just the two Hull players on dual reg, and with his Hull FC ties, this should be a regular occurrence.
There was an excellent win for the City of Hull Academy too, who beat Leeds 54-10 on Friday evening. Rovers winger William Oakes scored four tries, but more significantly for those of a Black and White persuasion, Jordan Lane returned from a six month absence with a troublesome back injury to score two tries in a superb return.
Lane, who came through the ranks at FC, is a talented back row forward, and will look to finish the season strongly after battling to regain fitness.
Fellow FC Reserve stars Jez Litten and Jack Sanderson also crossed over for a try, as did FC prop Jack Brown, who is having a great first year at the Academy.
Jordan Lane crosses over for the Academy. Image: Ben Towse