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Adlard scores four as Hull hammer Wirral

Hull outplayed Wirral in the second half to amass a maximum points tally and keep themselves in the top four of rugby union’s Northern Premier League.
A slow start to the game saw both sides making errors and it took 25 minutes for Hull to break the deadlock.
Hull off-half Stephen Johnson made a good break from 35 yards out and when he received a return pass he plunged over the line taking two defenders with him for an unconverted try.
Eight minutes later Hull were gifted seven points when Harvey Harding chipped ahead forcing Wirral to fumble. Hull’s winger Mike Adlard seized his chance collecting the ball and leaving the flat-footed defence in his wake as he romped over under the posts. Johnson’s conversion saw Hull go in at half time 12-0 leaders.
Hull resumed after the break with a one-man disadvantage as Wirral’s prop Mick Loon had been yellow carded after 36 minutes.
Hull were unable to make use of this superiority in numbers and the stalemate was evetually broken after Loon’s return by Adlard’s dramatic 53rd minute try when he fielded a kick through 15 yards from his own line and beat seven would-be tacklers on his way to a spectacular try under the posts converted by Johnson.
Three minutes later Hull scored an unconverted try when number eight Joe Stafford made a finger tip interception and ran 40 yards to the try line.
Wirral scored a catch-and-drive try converted by their full-back Jack Annett but Hull’s response was immediate and decisive.
Substitute off-half Reece Dean kicked a penalty after 66 minutes.
Six minutes later a Hull counterattack saw full back Lee Birch combine to mesmerise the Wirral defence and Adlard score his third try which Dean converted.
A huge penalty kick from the half way line by Dean followed and as the game drew to its close, a superb cross kick by Dean saw Adlard collect the ball and touch down for his fourth try and seal a memerable 42-7 victory.

Report by Richard Gore

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