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Luckless Hull narrowly beaten at home to Sedgley Park

Hull yet again rebounded from a difficult start to come within a whisker of winning against promotion challengers Sedgley Park.
Hull found the visitors in unforgiving mood in a first half when Hull made a number of handling errors to bring pressure on themselves. In the first minute Hull second row Liam Regardsoe made a break, but his pass was dropped and from the turnover Sedgley made good ground and a penalty followed which their off-half Steve Collins converted.
With both sides kicking for territory, the game entered a period of stalemate and it was a kick ahead by Sedgley full-back Jack Metcalf in the 17th minute that his winger Leon Simpson followed up to touch down in the corner with Collins adding the conversion to make it 10-0.
A similar effort with a kick ahead followed in the 23rd minute with Sedgley centre Olli Glasse getting the touchdown again converted by Collins.
Hull then raised their game and were refreshed by the substitutions with back row Tom O’Donnell and prop Charlie Beech coming on in the 30th minute.
Hull made the most of this change by producing a good catch-and-drive with the try  awarded to Ali Thompson to reduce the arrears and go in at half time trailing 17-5.
Hull came out with real intent for the second period and with their forwards driving Sedgley back Hull made good use of a penalty establishing field position from which their second catch-and-drive produced a second try for hooker Thompson after 55 minutes.
Sedgley responded with a drop goal from scrum-half Callum McShane to see his side lead 20-10 after 60 minutes.
Hull then scored next with a try of excellent quality as full back Reece Dean broke from his own ’22’ before handing on to winger Mike Adlard with scrum-half Harvey Harding
backing up to claim a try converted by Dean.
Hull then conceded possession from the kick off and Sedgley kept the ball to see their number eight Tom Ailes crash over with scrim half turned off half McShane converting for a 27-17 lead.
Hull are never done till the whistle and they surged forward and another forward drive saw prop Charlie Beech get the touchdown with Dean converting to see Hull lose 27 24 and gain two bonus points.

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