A spirited late fightback from the Wildcats wasn’t quite enough to overturn a 14-0 deficit at the KC Stadium.
Scores in the final fifteen minutes from Kyle Wood and Ben Cockayne were just reward for a heroic defensive effort but ultimately the home sides dominance of possession and territory saw them run out deserved winners with tries for Kirk Yeaman and Will Sharp in either half.
Richard Agar was returning to his former club for the first time and following last weekend’s loss he made two changes to his starting seventeen with Andy Raleigh replacing Oliver Wilkes in the run-out thirteen and Lucas Walshaw made his first appearance of the campaign from the replacements bench.
On a bitterly cold, wet and blustery day on Humberside it was never going to be a game of free flowing rugby and so it proved, with a forward battle taking prominence in a game where there was little to get excited about for the sparse crowd.
The fleeting moments of threatening attacking play were coming from the hosts though and they broke the deadlock when Brett Seymour weighted a great kick behind the Wildcats defence and Yeaman profited from a kind bounce to slide over.
Danny Tickle added a superb touchline conversion and before the half was out he added a much simpler 30 metre penalty from in front of the sticks following one of a number of high tackles during the game.
The home sides dominance continued in the second period but whilst the Wildcats weren’t afforded the opportunity to show what they could do in attack, they were excellent in defence, showing a tenacious will to defend their own line under mounting pressure.
It was ultimately a slip by Vince Mellars that allowed the home side in for their second score. The centre lost his footing as he looked to come out of the line and that created an overlap from which Sharp got over the line.
After another excellent conversion the game looked dead and buried at 14-0 but Trinity refused to throw in the towel.
Firstly Cockayne chased down a grubber from Danny Washbrook to catch Wade McKinnon dawdling and then following clever work by Smith the ball came loose and replacement Wood dived on it to spark hope of an unlikely win.
When Eamon O’Carroll coughed the ball up inside his own twenty metre zone with three minutes remaining the Wildcats had the platform to strike but the set ended tamely and Hull FC were able to clear their lines and gratefully hear the hooter to signal a second victory of 2012 and deny a tenacious Wildcats fightback.
Mathers, Fox, Collis, Mellars, Cockayne, John, Smith, Raleigh, Aiton, Southern, Kirmond, Lauitiiti, Washbrook. Replacements: Wood, Johnson, Wilkes, Walshaw.
McKinnon, Sharp, Martin, Yeaman, Briscoe, Horne, Seymour, O’Meley, Houghton, Lynch, Manu, Tickle, Aspinwall. Replacements: Moa, Ellis, Whiting, O’Carroll.
Referee: Mr S. Ganson