Match report: Warrington Wolves 18-16 Hull FC

In a nutshell
Both sides gave as good as they got but Warrington made home advantage count and edged a thriller

How it unfolded
First half
Hull FC almost score with their very first set, but a Ryan Atkins tackle saves the day; after Ben Westwood sets the foundation, Ratchford latches onto a Myler grubber to open the scoring in the fifth minute; Danny Houghton replies on the 11th minute, scooting over from dummy half, Crooks kicks to level the scores; Trent Waterhouse puts home side in front again, sees a gap and flies over, 10-6; professional foul from Jamie Shaul on 28 minutes, yellow card; Ben Evans makes numerical advantage count on 36th minute and Ratchford adds extras, as well as a penalty; 18-6 at half-time.

Second half
Very quiet start to second half, but Lineham goes over on 59th minute to bring Hull within eight of Wolves; end-to-end match epitomised by strong exchanges and looks like Wolves will tough it out until Talanoa scores on 77th minute, Crooks adds kicks to make it 18-16, but it’s too little, too late; full-time 18-16.

The teams
Stefan Ratchford, Gene Ormsby, Chris Bridge, Ryan Atkins, Joel Monaghan, Gareth O’Brien, Richie Myler, Chris Hill, Mickey Higham, Roy Asotasi, Trent Waterhouse, Ben Westwood, Ben Currie. Subs: Michael Monaghan, Anthony England, James Laithwaite, Ben Evans.

Hull FC
Jamie Shaul, Tom Lineham, Ben Crooks, Kirk Yeaman, Fetuli Talanoa, Jordan Rankin, Richard Horne, Mickey Paea, Danny Houghton, Josh Bowden, Gareth Ellis, Jay Pitts, Joe Westerman. Subs: Richard Whiting, Aaron Heremaia, Jordan Thompson, Feka Paleaaesina.

A full report complete with live photography can be found in tomorrow’s League Express newspaper.Available at midnight online or in all good newsagents in the morning.

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