It was a real old school Sunday afternoon rugby league match at the Beaumont Legal Stadium as Jake Connor’s debut try gave Hull FC a 12-8 victory over Wakefield Trinity. Both teams left the pitch at full-time almost unrecognisable to the green and red strips they started the afternoon in. Despite the conditions, both teams produced respectable displays in a tough match that produced only two tries. It was clear from the start that points would be hard to come by in the horrendous conditions and that’s how it proved. Lee Radford’s side made their intentions clear from the start when they decided to go for goal early on, Marc Sneyd kicking the 6th minute penalty. This was a sign of things to come as the black and whites’ number 7 would kick another two penalty goals within the first 20 minutes, this gave the visitors a 6-0 advantage. When Wakefield got their first penalty close to the Hull line there was a debate, but they eventually decided to go for goal. New signing Sam Williams kicked it and that would be the last points of a hard-fought first half.
Trailing 6-2, Trinity came out for the second half all guns blazing and would score the game’s first try within five minutes. Full-back Scott Grix got the ball 10 metres out and showed great tekkers to grubber through the defenders legs and run around to ground the ball. Williams’ conversion gave the hosts the lead for the first time at 8-6. That lead would remain intact until 11 minutes from time as Sneyd’s cross-field kick was dropped by Ben Jones-Bishop and substitute Jake Connor was on the spot to score. Sneyd kicked his fourth goal of the game to make it 12-8 to the visitors going into the last 10 minutes. The Airlie Birds were given an almighty scare in the final minute as Wakefield spread the ball wide, but Grix was unable to get the ball down from Johnstone’s kick. It was a match that stayed in the balance until the final moments, but debutant Jake Connor proved to be the match winner.