Report by Dave Whalley, Images courtesy of Bob Brough
Warrington Wolves Under 19s produced another good performance to claim a richly deserved victory over City of Hull Academy in the Under 19s Academy game on Thursday evening, at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, to remain in fourth place in the league table.
The Wire got off the mark in the third minute when scrum half David Gibbons found second row Connor Wrench on the left and he brushed off an attempted tackle before racing 50 metres to score at the side of the posts.
Centre Lewis Hall converted but then four minutes later a penalty for City of Hull on the Wire 10-metre line saw hooker Charlie Cavanaugh find prop forward Ewan Badham who powered over from close range at the left of the posts. Scrum half Jordan Webster added the conversion to level matters.
Shortly afterwards the Wire went back in front when hooker Jamie Abram was held up over the line before loose forward Tayler Brown was held just short. Prop forward Eribe Doro then crashed over at the side of the posts from an Abram pass. Hall converted and the Wire moved further clear when Abram found Gibbons who delayed his pass slightly to create a gap for Wrench to shoot through and score on the left.
The Wire continued to control the game and on 25 minutes, a strong run from Brown got his side deep into Hull territory and Abram found Gibbons who passed onto full back Callum Green linking into the line. His long cut-out ball was collected by winger Sam Thackeray who squeezed over in the right corner and, after substitute Morgan Burgess had been held just short, Abram burrowed over from dummy half to score under the posts. Hall added the conversion.
Two minutes before the break Hull substitute Matthew Smith was stop just short of the Wire line and Cavanaugh went from dummy half to score on the left. Webster added the conversion to make the half time score 26-12 to the Wire.
Eight minutes into the second half a great kick-return from Green enabled the Wire to start the set deep in the Hull half and, after some fine set-up play that saw Green held just short, the ball went through five sets of hands before reaching winger Aaron Pimblett who scored in the left corner. With eight minutes remaining the Wire had Doro sent off for using his knees in a tackle and from the resulting penalty Hull kept the ball alive close to the Wire line and Webster scored on the left. He added the conversion himself.
A minute from time Green was held just short and the industrious Abram scooted from dummy half to score on the right. Hall converted to complete a fine 36-18 victory for the young Wire.
Callum Green, Sam Thackeray, Lewis Hall, Reece Hamlett, Aaron Pimblett, Joe Barnes, David Gibbons, Eribe Doro, Jamie Abram, Jacob Chamberlain, Ellis Longstaff, Connor Wrench, Tayler Brown.
Subs: Jacob Gannon, Alex Pendlebury, Dean Beddall, Morgan Burgess.
Tries: Wrench (3 mins, 14), Doro (10), Thackeray (25), Abram (35, 79), Pimblett 48).
Goals: Hall 4
City of Hull
Ryan Johnson, Elliot Wallis, Jack Bartlett, Jude Ferreira, Josh Atkinson, Ben McNamara, Jordan Webster, Richard Borges De Oliveira, Charlie Cavanaugh, Ewan Badham, Thomas Wher, Jamie Hoggarth, Harry Bardle.
Subs: Matthew Smith, George Cochran, George Cooke, Callum Stark.
Tries: Badham (7 mins), Cavanaugh (38), Webster (73).
Goals: Webster 3
“It was a really pleasing result for us and one that the lads earned with plenty of hard work throughout the game. I thought we controlled the game really well and grew in confidence as it went on. There are still plenty of things to work on but we are in a really good place at the minute. It was great for them to play at the HJ before the Super League game and I know the boys all enjoyed it. For them to then be able to watch two of their teammates play for the first team afterwards was special and shows that the opportunity is there for them if they perform in the Academy. We can now look forward to a local ‘derby’ against Widnes Vikings next Saturday, kick off 12pm at the Victoria Park Stadium.”