Reserves Match Report v Halifax

Hull FC reserves claimed a fourth straight victory in emphatic fashion as Halifax reserves were put to the sword at The Shay.

Marvin Lee grabbed two tries and the man of the match award, as the Black & Whites rattled up an impressive eight tries under the watchful eye of first-team head coach Lee Radford in the stands.

The Match

An early penalty presented the young Black & Whites with territory and possession and Nick Rawsthorne profited against his former club from a deft kick by Jack Wray to open the scoring.

Another opportunity soon came the Airlie Birds’ way and Lee sliced through some weak defending to score beside the posts. Rawsthorne was successful with the boot to extend the lead to 12 points.

A minute later, Lee grabbed his second try as a break in midfield by Masimbaashe Matongo split the home defence wide open, and the stand off was on hand to finish the move, Rawsthorne added the extras from in front of the posts.

A mistake from Halifax gave Hull a scrum 10 meters out and a quick move to the right saw Ash Bastiman stopped just short before he handed on to captain Jack Downs to score.

After the early burst of points, the game settled into an end-to-end tussle with both sides creating opportunities, but defences very much on top along with some silly mistakes by both sides.

However as half-time approached, a kick was defused by Jack Sanderson and the winger took a quick tap on the 20-metre line and sent full-back Mike Adlard racing 70 metres to score under the posts.

Half-time: Halifax reserves 0 Hull FC reserves 30

A knock on by Ross Osborne from a difficult kick gave Halifax a chance early in the second half, which was soon followed by a soft penalty as the pressure increased on the Black & Whites’ defence.

From that pressure, prop Luke Nelmes was able to force his way over for their first score and the conversion was added by Jordan Syme.

A penalty allowed Wray to dispatch the ball into the Halifax half and from the resulting pressure, a deft kick from the scrum-half was touched down by the on-rushing Bastiman. Wray was off target with the conversion attempt from out wide.

Soon after that try, Osborne was sent to cool off for ten minutes and Halifax awarded a penalty which saw them push into the Black & Whites’ half, however they wasted that opportunity as organised defence forced them to knock on.

Another soft penalty allowed Hull to set up position in the Halifax danger zone again and from that position, Wray produced an offload for Alex Gilbey to crash over between the posts.

Halifax pulled one back through centre Jamie Stringer being the beneficiary, however Curtis Edwards-Hampson was off target with the conversion.

After yet another penalty, FC pressed the Halifax line again and Connor Bower was able to force his way over from close range to extend the lead.

As the match drew to a close, tempers frayed and Josh Wood was sent to the sin bin, while Halifax forward Nelmes received a red card from the same incident.

Halifax grabbed a consolation score in the last few minutes as Sion Jones was able to bash his way over through some tired defending, Morgan Punchard added the extras from almost in front of the posts.

Another break from Halifax saw the home side streaming forward and winger Jack Mead crossed in the corner, Punchard was wide of the mark with the boot.


Hull FC: Mike Adlard, Nick Rawsthorne, Connor Bower, Cameron Scott, Jack Sanderson, Marvin Lee, Jack Wray, Ross Osborne, Josh Wood, Masimbaashe Matongo, Jack Downs (c), Ash Bastiman, Zeus Silk. Interchange: Jez Litten, Alex Gilbey, Nick Slyney, Billy Wardill

Tries: Nick Rawsthorne (2) Marvin Lee (8, 9) Jack Downs (15) Mike Adlard (37) Ash Bastiman (52) Alex Gilbey (65) Connor Bower (74)

Goals: Nick Rawsthorne 5/5, Jack Wray 2/3

Man of the Match: Marvin Lee

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