UNDER 16′S MAINTAIN UNBEATEN SEASON

posted on 3 May 2014

Wakefield Wildcats Under 16′s ran out 28-22 winners against Hull FC in a game of two halves.

Kyle Ratchford scored in the final minute to ensure the under 16's remained unbeaten. Picture courtesy of deanwilliams.co.uk

The Hull tries which came from Rob Branton, Jordan Lane (2) and Lochlan Fitzgerald, proved not to be enough as Wakefield chalked up efforts from Sam Blake, Shaun Woofitt, Liam Woodward, Liam Paisley, Liam Senior and Kyle Ratchford.

The home side were quickly out of the blocks and Blake got the reward as he crossed over following an excellent offload from Dagger. Ratchford hit the uprights with the conversion.

From then on Wakefield were in control and they forced Hull to drop out from their own line. Woofitt was the one that capitalised as he skipped through three defenders to cross over the whitewash. This time Ratchford converted.

The visitors then proved to be the architects of their own downfall when Woodward was the one to cross for Wakefield’s third try of the game.

Hull invited Wakefield back into their own half and unsurprisingly the Wildcats took advantage. Fletcher Davies showed plenty of pace to put Wakefield in a position they weren’t going to bomb and on the next tackle, England Youth international Paisley found himself in acres of space to cross for Wakefield’s third try of the game.

The home side were full of confidence and looked almost certain to extend their lead before the break. However, Paisley’s inside pass to Dagger was dropped with the try line begging.

Half time: Wakefield 18-0 Hull FC

The start of the second half was very scrappy as both teams shared errors. However, Hulll were first to open the scoring through Branton who showed a great turn of pace and a devastating fend.

Hull started to gain confidence and crossed again through Lane. Fitzgerald converted his second of the half to reduce the deficit to only six points.

Wakefield were then becoming slightly nervous and were struggling to regain a foothold in the game. Fitzgerald took advantage and crossed for Hull’s third try of the half. He then had the chance to level the scores up but dragged the conversion wide. The Wildcats had a slender 18-16 lead.

Trinity’s youngsters responded to the early second half downfall and began to respect possession of the ball once again. That got the Wildcats back on the Hull try line with an opportunity to extend their lead.

A teasing Christian Ackroyd kick proved difficult for Hull to deal with and that resulted in a try for Senior as he got the vital touch before the ball rolled out of play.

Hull were never going to die down and Wakefield were facing an extremely nervous last few minutes once Lane went in for his second of the afternoon. Fitzgerald converted and the score was 24-22 with 3 minutes remaining.

A mistake from Hull was very costly and any signs of a comeback were scrapped as Ratchford strolled over in the corner right on the stroke of full time.

WILDCATS TEAM: DAGGER, RATCHFORD, PAISLEY, WOODWARD, OAKES, HICHCLIFFE, ACKROYD, BAILEY, BLAKE, SYKES, WOOFITT, SENIOR, LORD. Subs: DAVIES, KERSHAW, HARLEY, BURGESS, INGLEBY, NEWBY, WOOFITT.

HULL TEAM: SANDERSON, PAUL, ADAMSON, BUCHANNON, RAYWORTH, FITZGERALD, CLAVERING, WEAVER, GOTT, OLIVER, BILLAM, SILK, LANE. Subs: LITTEN, MARQUEZ-LAYNEZ, BAKER, BRANTON.

Report by Connor Grace.

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