Hull City U23s suffered their first defeat of pre-season, losing 4-2 against Bridlington Town at the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium.
Despite an unamed trialist and McCauley Snelgrove scoring for the Tigers in each half, goals from Tom Waudby, Danny Earl, Will Annan and Billy Logan secured the victory for the hosts.
Richard Naylor and Andy Dawson made five changes to the starting XI that defeated Pickering Town 3-1 last time out. Tom Macauley replaced Harry Fisk between the sticks, while there were opportunities for four unnamed trialists to impress.
Both teams had chances within the opening minutes as Earl flashed a shot wide past the post, while Henry Curtis saw his corner delivery pushed over the bar by James Hitchcock.
Bridlington opened the scoring in the ninth minute. Macauley initially denied Waudby with a good block, but the goalkeeper couldn’t stop the midfielder’s rebound as he converted into an empty net.
Earl almost doubled Bridlington’s lead just a minute later as his effort hit the woodwork. However, Earl wouldn’t be denied moments later as his well-taken volley found the bottom corner to double the hosts’ lead.
Two minutes later and the Tigers came roaring back with a goal of their own. After Bridlington failed to clear their lines, Trialist A smashed his volley in from close range. Bridlington, though, scored a quick-fire double to extend their lead. First, Annan’s volley found the bottom corner to make it 3-1, before Logan scored Bridlington’s fourth after converting from close range.
The Tigers tried to respond through Keegan Green, but his deflected effort went wide. At the other end, Earl’s audacious lob was off target, while Macauley produced a good double stop to deny Bridlington.
Snelgrove reduced the deficit for the Tigers early in the second half, after he clinically finished the rebound from Green’s saved shot. Trialist A then produced a good block to deny Bridlington’s Andy Norfolk, while Fisk saved well to deny Annan one-on-one.
It was end-to-end action all the way to the final whistle as Snelgrove fired an effort over the bar, while Waudby curled a shot wide. Snelgrove then saw a low drive saved by Hitchcock, while in the other goal, Fisk blocked well to deny Cam Connelly.
Bridlington Town: James Hitchcock (GK), Harold Monkman, Ben Lewis, Pete Davidson (C) (Cam Connelly 49’), Ellis Barkworth, Nathan Hotte (Tom Herbison 76’), Tom Waudby, Declan Parker, Billy Logan (Andy Norfolk 46’), Danny Earl, Will Annan.
Hull City: Tom Macauley (GK) (Harry Fisk (GK) 62’), Tom Nixon (C), Henry Curtis, Alfie Taylor (Trialist A 46’), Trialist A (Trialist C 33’), Trialist B, Keegan Green (Trialist D 62’), Harry Wallis (Kyle Fanning 62’), McCauley Snelgrove, Louis Beckett, Sam Deacon (Will Jarvis 62’).