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September review

As we say goodbye to September and usher in October, we look back at the start made to the new season.
A return of 17 points from a possible 25, it will be seen as a month of missed opportunities.
A convincing 31-13 opening day win over Rossendale showed the work done by the players in the gym over the summer paid off.
Cam Curry scored the club’s first try of the season, one of 18 scored in the month.
For their first away trip of the season, Hull made the shortest trip of the season to newly promoted Pocklington.
It was a game they were expected to win comfortably. And they did, but not before Pocklington made life very difficult for Hull.
Three tries in the last 10 minutes gave Hull the bonus point win they desired.
At the other end of the pitch, Hull showed great defence and completed 160 minutes with just one try conceded.
That was stretched to 200 minutes when they shut out Preston in the first half of their game at Chants Ave. Stephen Hihetah’s first minute try gave Hull the perfect start and he was followed over the line by Joe Stafford minutes later.
It was a game Hull could have lost and equally could have won, but in the end they had to settle for a 10-10 draw.
After three games, Hull had yet to find themselves behind on the scoreboard, but that changed at Harrogate as Hull behind early on.
But their resilience shone through in the end to seal a superb 27-23 win to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
One of the team’s goals was to get through September unbeaten, but against league leaders Lymm, that wasn’t to be.
The worst first half of the season saw Hull turn around at half-time trailing 23-0.
A spirited second half saw Hull score three tries, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a first loss of the season. The fact they were the first team to deny the leaders a bonus point. After missing the season opener, winger Stephen Hihetah has scored a try in the next four fixtures.
Hull start October with an away trip to Morley on Saturday. Occupying fourth place, they are seven points behind leaders Lymm.

September stats:
17 points from 25
Position: 4th
Points scored: 117 (23.4 per game)
Points conceded: 74 (14.8 per game)
Tries scored: 18
Tried conceded: 9
Leading try scorers:
4 – S Hihetah, M Adlard
Leading goalkicker:
17 points – S Johnson (4 cons, 3 pens)

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