U23s Report: The Tigers 2 Bristol City 1
Liam Edwards and Tom Powell were the scorers as the Under-23s recorded a 2-1 victory against Bristol City at North Ferriby on Monday afternoon.
Jon Beale made six changes to the side that won 2-1 at Burnley. Will Mannion, Matty Jacob, Jordan Hickey, Robbie McKenzie, Greg Olley and Elliot Holmes all came into the starting eleven. Adam Curry and Greg Luer are both currently out on loan and Callum Burton, Moses Odubajo, Dan Batty and Max Sheaf were also omitted.
The visitors had early chances with Tyreeq Bakinson firing wide and Tom Richards heading over from Chris Turner-Williams’ cross. George Nurse’s low cross then hit Lewis Ritson and was heading for the bottom corner of the net but Mannion produced a great low save to turn the ball away for a corner.
The keeper then claimed Aaron Parsons’ effort from a Nurse corner before the Tigers had penalty claims turned down after Edwards appeared to be pulled back by a defender as he attempted to get a shot away.
Edwards' pass then sent Powell clear but Bristol keeper Jojo Wollacott was smartly off his line to block the striker's effort.
However, the Robins' keeper could do nothing to prevent Edwards from opening the scoring on 19 minutes. Collecting the ball on the edge of the box, the Welshman cut inside and placed a superb low shot into the bottom corner.
Edwards almost got his second of the game when he was on the end of a Powell cross but he was denied by a fine save from Wollacott, whilst Powell himself could have increased the Tigers' lead before the break but he headed well wide from a Holmes cross.
Beale's side came close to doubling their lead within minutes of the restart when McKenzie timed his run to perfection to meet Olley's corner, but his effort was superbly blocked on the line by Richards.
The Tigers didn't have to wait too long for a second goal though as Edwards and Holmes combined inside the box and from the latter's cross, Powell converted at the near post.
And it could have been 3-0 moments later but Billy Chadwick’s superb left-foot strike from the edge of the box smacked against the crossbar.
The visitors had a great chance to get back into the game on the hour mark when Hickey was adjudged to have handled Cameron Allen’s free-kick but Mannion dived to his left to superbly keep out Allen’s spot kick.
The custodian then made another good save low to his left to push away Bakinson’s long-range strike but the visitors did manage to reduce the deficit with 15 minutes remaining. Kel Akpobire won possession and Bakinson’s pass gave Nurse the opportunity to drill a low shot into the bottom corner.
Substitute Tom Dyson lashed a left-foot shot high and wide and Powell was narrowly off target when Bristol failed to clear Josh Clackstone’s cross as the Tigers fended off later pressure to claim a second successive 2-1 win.
Hull City: Will Mannion, Josh Clackstone, Matthew Jacob, Jordan Hickey, Robbie McKenzie, Lewis Ritson, Billy Chadwick, Greg Olley, Tom Powell, Liam Edwards, Elliot Holmes (Tom Dyson 69).
Subs Not Used: Jonathan Saltmer, Josh Thacker, Max Sheaf, Keane Lewis-Potter.
Bristol City: Jojo Wollacott, Chris Turner-Williams, Jayden Ali (Tom Harrison 58), Tyreeq Bakinson, Harvey Smith, Aaron Parsons, Zac Smith (Marcus Day 46), Tom Richards, Kel Akpobire, Cameron Allen, George Nurse.
Subs Not Used: Aaron Sainsbury, Joe Hall