Lineham hat-trick powers Hull into top eight

A hat-trick from Hull FC winger Tom Lineham saw Hull recover from a 12-0 deficit tonight at Widnes Vikings, as they emerged triumphant 12-25 at the Select Security Stadium and moved into seventh place in the Super League table.

The Vikings raced into an early lead with tries from Jack Owens and Matt Whitley, both goaled by Owens.

But that was as good as it got for the home team, and Hull began their fightback with Linehams first try, which was created by great work by captain Gareth Ellis.

Leon Pryce then scored a clever try direct from dummy-half, and Hull took the lead shortly before half-time with Lineham’s second try, when he touched down a Marc Sneyd kick to the corner, with Sneyd kicking his first goal of the night.

Sneyd then scored a smart try when he grubbered forward near the Widnes line and touched down his own kick, adding the conversion.

And Lineham’s third try came after 58 minutes after a great dash down the right by fullback Jamie Shaul.

Sneyd completed the scoring after 63 minutes with a field-goal, and the Vikings then lost their captain Kevin Brown with a head knock, which set the seal on a disappointing night for the home supporters.

A full report, photos and analysis from tonight’s game will feature in Monday’s edition of League Express.