Hull FC defeated again as late flurry fails to cover early blows in Castleford victory

Hull FC's Ben Reynolds takes on Castleford's Tex Hoy.
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New Hull FC head coach John Cartwright declared this week that his side will be a 'fit and hungry' outfit next year. Those two elements couldn't come quick enough, with the Airlie Birds second best again in all departments as Castleford Tigers ran out 30-22 winners on Friday night.

For Hull, it's a tenth consecutive loss in all competitions, with a late fightback not enough to prevent another defeat. Castleford, placed just one spot higher in the Super League table, were the better side, leaving Hull stuck in 11th place in what could yet be a first rock bottom finish since the 1963/64 season and one of their worst in their entire 159-year history.

Cartwright, who doesn't arrive in Hull until pre-season in the autumn, has a massive job on his hands, with the Black and Whites succumbing to another display that, in the end, was just not good enough. For the majority of the contest, Hull were well off the pace required to compete at this level, never mind win. Castleford had more energy and attitude about them, while Hull, who left it far too late before they showed the level of desire that is deemed acceptable to win a Super League game, just lacked the quality of a top-flight team.

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That realisation has stuck regardless of selection all season, with Simon Grix making five changes to his side. The interim head coach handed out a debut to Ben Reynolds, with Logan Moy, one of Hull's brightest performers, given a start following his new three-year deal this week. Harvey Barron also came into the side while Jack Ashworth and Brad Fash, laterally for the first time this year, returned.

That saw Jack Walker make way, with the full-back left out for selection reasons. Elsewhere, Franklin Pele, Joe Cator, Lewis Martin, and Jack Charles dropped out of the side, with the teenage half-back set to play for the academy on Saturday.

It was a nightmare start to the game for Hull, with Fash sent for a HIA inside the first set. Luckily, the prop passed, soon returning to the field, but not before Castleford got a grip on the contest inside the first ten minutes. Liam Horne opened the scoring, getting on the end of Sam Hall's break to cross over, with Tex Hoy then hitting his old club as the Tigers went back-to-back. They shipped the ball wide, with Hoy kicking through and chasing to score a superb try.

Hull, star struck at that point, did look to be getting a foothold on the game, albeit their first-half scores were certainly fortunate. Castleford gifted them possession deep in their own half, and on the next play, Jake Trueman's floating pass found Harvey Barron to touch down in the left corner.

However, after fighting their way back, Hull were then dealt a sucker punch as Liam Sutcliffe failed to deal with a Rowan Milnes kick. The half-back instead touched down after the in-goal mix-up, but roles were then reversed as Sutcliffe raced 85 meters to score after intercepting a Hoy pass.

Hull trailed by eight points at the break, and that deficit was soon extended in the second half. Castleford's kicks caused the Black and Whites numerous problems, and the game was done as a contest after Jason Qareqare and Corey Hall finished on the right edge.

There was time for Tiaki Chan to cross over for his first Hull try after neat work from Sutcliffe and Jake Trueman, who finished well after a Harvey Barron kick, but the Black and Whites, throwing the last roll of the dice, had too much to do.

They kept going, and they did up the tempo late on after Morgan Smith's introduction, but ultimately, the same woes unfolded as chances went begging, with Castleford seeing out what was a deserved victory. Hull, meanwhile, go back to the drawing board, with Huddersfield up next on Friday 31.

Teams

Castleford Starting XIII: 34. Tex Hoy; 23. Jason Qareqare, 35. Corey Hall, 5. Innes Senior; 16. Rowan Milnes, 9. Paul McShane; 15. George Griffin, 14. Liam Horne, 19. Sam Hall; 12. Alex Mellor, 11. Elie El-Zakhem; 13. Joe Westerman.

Interchange: 8. Liam Watts, 18. Josh Hodson, 21. Sylvester Namo, 29. George Hill

18th man: 1. Luke Hooley

Hull Starting XIII: 37. Logan Moy; 44. Tom Briscoe, 17. Cam Scott, 4. Liam Sutcliffe, 25. Harvey Barron; 6. Jake Trueman, 47. Ben Reynolds; 8. Herman Ese’ese, 9. Danny Houghton, 45. Yusuf Aydin; 15. Jordan Lane, 12. Ligi Sao; 13. Brad Fash.

Interchange: 16. Jack Ashworth, 19. Morgan Smith, 27. Zach Jebson, 46. Tiaki Chan

18th man: 26. Lewis Martin

Scorers

Castleford Tries: Horne, Hoy, Milnes, Qareqare, Hall. Goals: Milnes 5/5

Hull Tries: Barron, Sutcliffe, Chan, Trueman. Goals: Reynolds 3/4

Scoring System: 6-0, 12-0, 12-6, 18-6, 18-10, HT, 24-10, 30-10, 30-16, 30-22, FT

Referee: Aaron Moore

Attendance: 8,269

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