Here are the latest reports from the Wakefield College Students who are particpating in the Wakefield Media Partnership in conjunction with the Wildcats.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Reserves 18 Hull FC Reserves 10
Wakefield overcame a stubborn Hull side in a hard fought encounter at Belle Vue stadium. It was a long war of attrition between the two sides which culminated in a victory for the home side. Wakefield tries came in the form of a first half double from Sam Scott and reserve team captain James Davey, writes Thomas Dunnill.
It was a slow start by the Wildcats as Hull pressurised the Wakefield line from the off with centre Reece Lynne forced into touch yards from the line. Eventually the pressure paid off after great handling from Lawrence Pearce to set up the impressive winger Dennis Tuffour in the corner to give Hull the lead of 0-4, with Danny Nicholas’ conversion being struck wide of the posts.
But in the 17th minute captain James Davey broke through the Hull defence with a jinking run to set up the attack. This run seemed to wake up the slumbering Wakefield team with the resulting pressure creating the first of Sam Scott’s tries. This pressure was well executed with a quality long pass from Matt Wildie which gave Scott a free run to the line to complete his double, with Wildie converting both tries.
The second half began with little notable action and rather poor handling with a collection of knock-ons from both sides. But the first telling attack came from Hull with quick passing between Lynne and Nicholas which set Lynne free to finish under the sticks. Nicholas was successful with the resulting conversion to make the score 12-10 to the home side with 20 minutes remaining. Hull continued creating chances with Lynne looking dangerous on the wing, where he could have had a second if he had managed to latch on to his own chipped kick.
But it was captain James Davey who made the difference after Ben Gledhill was held up inches from the line. On the next play Davey, at dummy half, forced his way through a tight gap to score in the 73rd minute. Wildie was again successful with his conversion to make the final score 18-10 to Wakefield.
Team coach Tony Drury praised his side and also commented on the impact of prop Ben Gledhill which helped his team gain precious yards forward. He was also a very happy man as this was his side’s third successive home win on the bounce which will help push them up the table.
Wakefield: Hyde, Potts, Lawton, King, George, Henderson, Wildie, Gledhill, Davey, Pettman, Scott, Annakin, Trout. Interchange: Spiers, Walshaw, Harrington, Gaunt
Hull: Briscoe, Calderwood, Lynne, Morrison, Tuffour, Nicholas, Williams, Bowden, Smith, Aldous, Pearce, Kent, Burnett. Interchange: Bloom, Morris, Swirles, Lazenby.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 18-10 Hull FC
After last week’s win over Hull KR, the Wildcats entertained the Robins east Yorkshire neighbours Hull FC at Belle Vue on Saturday, writes Joseph Warnes.
With Hull FC near the top of the table Wildcats’ Reserve team Head Coach Tony Drury knew this would be a tough battle for the team and he was right.
Wakefield got off to a slow start to the match, failing to make real opportunities. Dennis Tuffour was the first to get his name on the score sheet for Hull in the 11th minute after receiving from Lawrence Pearce during fast play. The hard conversion chance was missed leaving the score line 0-4.
James Davey took Wakefield forward with an energetic sprint into the Hull FC half. Sam Scott was rewarded with the try seconds later after forcing over the try line. Wildie completed the conversion to put Wakefield ahead at 6-4 on the 18th minute.
Sam Scott was again to score four minutes later to extend the lead and shake off the delayed start. Again with number seven, Wildie scoring the kick, completing the six points taking the score to 12-4.
Tuffour was close to make his second try on the score board, but Dareth Potts was to save the comeback in the goal line after a last minute tackle on the 34th minute.
The first half was a very tight game seeing just three tries with both teams defending well. Half time score Wildcats 12-4 Hull FC.
The second half was again close and both teams very evenly matched. Mistakes, however, became more frequent in attack from dropped balls and knock-ons, however, both Wakefield and Hull maintained a quick and strong defence.
Only until 20 minutes into the second half a try was scored after good partnership between Reece Lynne and Danny Nicholas of Hull FC. Lynne was to push FC over the try line, and with Nicholas scoring the conversion the score was 12-10.
James Davey pushed Hull’s defence to touch down to the left of the sticks. It was a much needed try that extended Wakefield’s lead. In the 73rd minute Wildie’s conversion was successful taking Wakefield to a 18-10 lead with seven minutes remaining.
Two minutes later Hull were close to a response with a turnover on the fifth tackle on the try-line. Time ran out for the away side with five minutes of play left.
Wakefield kept the strong mentality resulting in the 18-10 score line at full time. Even though mistakes were made by both teams in the attacking half, the game was balanced with both teams keeping a healthy defence. Wakefield took their chances to see victory over the strong opposition.
Drury wasn’t too worried about the mistakes made in the match, and believed they were down to the tension of the game. But he was very pleased overall with the result and believed Ben Gledhill had an effective game.
Wakefield Wildcats Reserves team: Hyde, Potts, Lawton, King, George, Henderson, Wildie, Gledhill, Davey, Pettman, Scott, Annakin, Trout, Spiers, Walshaw, Gaunt.
Hull FC Reserves team: Briscoe, Calderwood, Lynne, Morrison, Tuffour, Nicholas, Williams, Bowden, Smith, Aldous, Pearce, Kent, Burnett, Bloom, Morris, Swirles, Lazenby.