Academy Under 19 League Season Spilt – Group One – Round Ten – Saturday 22nd August – Hull 36 Castleford 26 – Hull YPI, Chanterlands Avenue
To come through with a victory after twice being behind and with eight players missing is a commendable effort, as the Hull FC academy once more reaped the accolades with a first win in three outings.
Boosted by the return of their marquee man Reece Dean – and enhanced by a courageous eighty minute stint from hooker Brad Harrison – they made hard work of it, but still had enough quality to score six well worked tries against a plucky and skilful Castleford side.
Missing four quite brilliant starlets to first team call ups, not to mention Callum Lancaster, Ash Bastiman, Connor Bower and Josh Wood to injury, Hull were depleted to their bare bones, as they showed tremendous resilience to grind out a game that looked to be slipping away from them.
Though you wouldn’t have thought such a scenario would come into place early on, as Jansin Turgut ran an expert lead line to open the scoring. Dean back on the field, and back with the kicking tee converted, for the first of a sixteen point haul.
Enjoying all the early field position Hull should have added to their lead, but the loss of Harry Tyson-Wilson stumbled them. Recently in-form pivot Jez Litten came on in the halves, and it was his chip that was collected by Kieran Gill, who in turn raced away untouched to level the scores – a sucker punch for a home side dominant in the opening quarter.
Audacious opponents, Cas gave a good account of themselves – thanks largely to the talents of fullback Ash Robson. Given his first grade shot at Salford earlier this year, he further justified his credentials carving open the Hull defence to put winger Declan Sheehan in for a pretty slick try.
Good value for their money, Cas’ first lead was short and sweet, as Hull grinded their way back with two well worked scores before the break, firstly through towering forward Matty Liggins then a first of the season for Joel Marquez-Laynez – getting him off the nudie run, with just rookie prop Charlie Weaver left. Poor kid.
Both off Jez Litten paces, it showcased his emerging influence, and one that seems to grow as the year progresses. Running their lead leads to perfection, Hull’s pack were potent as they broke the line on numerous occasions.
The second forty started like the first, with Hull camped on the Castleford line. Pressure told, as Matty Liggins powered over to complete his brace. Aggressive, strong and physical, four scores from forwards with sheer brute strength implemented Hull’s current authority.
Victory looked a clear road from here, but Cas to their credit battled back, Ash Robson found himself on the end of a sweeping move, before a fortunate interception by Kieran Gill saw him race away for the second occasion.
Within touching distance of Hull a farcical play unfolded, as Robson collected a Brad Harrison pass from the scrum – clearly offside, but not in the view of Barnsley born official Billy Pearson who awarded the try. Adamson converted, regaining Cas’ lead with a two point margin.
It was a ball game alright, as Hull had to find victory from defeat once more. They did so brilliantly, with a slick Ross Osborne offload finding the ever reliable Masimbaashe Matongo for a superb try.
The Zimbabwean born prop has been nothing short of sensational this season, as his compelling physical presence remains significant every week – one year on from his prominence in the U19 Derby win at Bishop Burton last August.
With a string in their step, it was left to the returning and talismanic Reece Dean to put the gloss on a hard earned win, stepping out of two tackles, before finishing under the sticks for a trademark individual try.
A welcome return having missed the past month with an ankle injury, Dean’s influence will surely pave the way for a strong assault on the top four play-off, with just the finale Hull Derby and a home fixture with Warrington to go.
Hull Starting XIII: 1. Jack Sanderson, 2. Ryan Adamson, 3. Callum Smith, 4. Zeus Silk, 5. Josh Poskitt, 6. Harry Tyson-Wilson, 7. Reece Dean, 8. Joel Marquez-Laynez, 16. Brad Harrison, 10. Masimbaashe Matongo, 11. Jansin Turgut, 12. Brad Clavering, 13. Matty Liggins. Interchange: 14. Ross Osborne, 15. Charlie Weaver, 17. Jez Litten, 9. Josh Wood (unused due to a back problem).
Hull Tries: Turgut, Liggins 2, Marquez-Laynez, Matongo, Dean. Goals: Dean 6/6
Castleford Starting XIII: 1. Ash Robson, 2. Russ Barton, 3. Liam Blockley, 4. Kieran Gill, 5. Declan Sheehan, 6. Luke Adamson, 7. Tom Holmes, 8. Rory Dixon, 9. Luke Million, 10. Will Maher, 11. Will Plimmer, 12. Brandon Pickup, 13. Connor Fitzsimmons. Interchange: 14. Pat Diskin, 15. Davey Dixon, 16. Ben Kershaw, 17. Brandon Doughlas.
Castleford Tries: Gill 2, Sheehan, Robson 2. Goals: Adamson 3/5
Referee: Billy Pearson (Barnsley)