Hull FC 12 Wildcats 8
The Wildcats battled hard before succumbing to their fourth successive defeat.
Wakefield gave it a good shot but they just could not break down the Hull FC defence when it mattered.
The worst news for Wakefield was the injury to their Australian centre Daryl Millard who had to helped off in the 62nd minute with a knee injury after he had had given the Wildcats the lead with a try in the 11th minute.
Now Wakefield are waiting for the results of an MRI scan before assessing the extent of Daryl’s injury.
Hull FC came back to lead 12-4 at halftime after two tries by Richard Whiting both of which were converted by Craig Hall.
A minute from time the wildcats cut their deficit when winger Damien Blanch cross for an unconverted try.
Prop Kyle Bibb’s return to the first team was marred when he placed on reporrt for an alleged ‘chicken wing’ style tackle five minutes from the end of the game.
Hull FC coach Richard Agar:
“The blokes that were prepared to dig in when it was tough made the victory for us.
“Richard Whiting made a couple of mistakes but he does the simple things well. He’s got a great read of the game and we can play him in a number of different positions.
“Some of his colleagues could probably look at his application and improve themselves a little bit.”
Wakefield coach John Kear:
“I thought there were two teams that gave a magnificent defensive effort and worked hard for each other.
“The fans pay to see people be proud in wearing the shirt and they saw that in bucketfuls on both sides.
“I thought we got a bit anxious with the ball. Our nine, seven and six got anxious and affected our ends of sets and big plays. You could not fault the effort.”
Hull: Tansey, Whiting, Turner, Hall, T. Briscoe, Washbrook, Horne, Dowes, Houghton, O’Meley, Burnett, Lauaki, Manu.
Replacements: McShane, Nicklas, Moa, Cusack.
Wakefield: Murphy, George, Gleeson, Millard, Blanch, Cooke, Jeffries, Moore, Leo-Latu, King, Johnson, Demetriou, Kirmond.
Replacements: Korkidas, Ferguson, Obst, Bibb.
Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham).