A quick-fire brace from McCauley Snelgrove helped guide the Hull City U23s to a 3-1 victory over top-of-the-table Bristol City. Ahmed Salam also netted for the Tigers as they secured all three points in the Professional Development League.
Richard Naylor and Andy Dawson made three changes to the starting XI that drew 0-0 against Watford last time out. Harry Fisk stepped up from the Under-18s to start between the sticks, while there were also welcome appearances for first-team members Max Clark, Jordan Flores and Brandon Fleming.
There were few chances in the opening minutes of the game as Fleming headed away Owura Edwards’ dangerous cross, before Fisk held James Morton’s long-range effort. Morton was then called upon at the other end to produce a vital challenge to deny Henri Kumwenda, after the striker met the trialist’s low cross.
The Tigers took the lead in the 35th minute as Kumwenda squared the ball for Fleming, who in turn saw his initial effort saved well by the onrushing Harvey Wiles-Richards and Salam was quickest to react to fire the rebound in from close range. Andy Smith almost doubled the Tigers’ lead before half-time but his volley went narrowly wide past the post.
The visitors almost equalised within the opening five minutes of the second half as Louis Britton’s header was cleared off the line by Fleming. At the other end, Kumwenda and Salam both had headers off target, before Bristol City found an equaliser. Britton connected with Dylan Kadji’s corner at the back post and his volley found the back of the net, with the help of a deflection.
However, the Tigers scored twice in as many minutes to regain their lead. Snelgrove fired a low effort from the edge of the penalty area into the bottom corner to score his first, before he connected with Kumwenda’s looping header to finish from close range to secure his brace.
Substitute Josh Hinds almost scored a fourth in injury time, but his effort from a tight angle was saved by the feet of Wiles-Richards, as the Tigers secured the victory at the LNER Community Stadium.
Hull City: Harry Fisk (GK), Trialist, Brandon Fleming, Max Clark, Andy Smith (C), Jake Leake, Ahmed Salam (Matty Jacob 86’), Harry Wood, Henri Kumwenda, Jordan Flores (Louis Beckett 80’), McCauley Snelgrove (Josh Hinds 80’).
Subs Not Used: Harrison Foulkes (GK), Harry Lovick.
Bristol City: Harvey Wiles-Richards (GK), Mark Thuo, Barney Soady, James Morton (C), James Taylor, Callum Wood, Ayman Benarous (Marlee Francois 67’), Dylan Kadji (Prince Henry 90’), Louis Britton, Owura Edwards, Josh Owers.
Subs Not Used: Nathaniel Williams, Luca Smith (GK).