Hull City Under-18s came from behind twice to pick up a well-deserved victory against Crewe Alexandra. A hat-trick from McCauley Snelgrove and a goal from Louis Beckett secured all three points for the Tigers in the U18 Professional Development League.
John Anderson and Matt Hare made six changes to the starting XI that were defeated 2-1 last time against Nottingham Forest. Second year-scholars Jake Leake, Beckett, Snelgrove and Josh Hinds all came into the team respectively, while Jevon Mills also returned to the starting line-up alongside an unnamed trialist.
The Tigers had the first opportunities of the game as Mills saw his headed attempt held by Tom Booth, before Harry Lovick struck a fierce drive over the bar.
Crewe then opened the scoring in the 22nd minute as a low cross was met by both Joel Tabiner and Kyle Stubbs at the front post, with the latter getting the decisive touch to divert the ball into the top corner.
The Tigers tried to respond with a short free-kick routine, which saw Snelgrove drill a low shot wide, before Harry Fisk was forced to make a decent save to deny Charlie Finney at his near post. In the other goal, Booth was forced to push the trialist’s volley over the bar.
From the resulting corner, the Tigers equalised as Oliver Green’s delivery wasn’t fully cleared by Crewe, which allowed Beckett to rifle his effort into the top corner.
In the second half, the Tigers started the brightest as Leake forced a good save from Booth, before Beckett just couldn’t divert the rebound from a tight angle goalwards.
The hosts then retook the lead as Stubbs rose highest to divert Tabiner’s cross into the back of the net. However, the Tigers responded instantly as just a minute later, Snelgrove converted from close range to equalise.
The winger then drilled a low shot narrowly wide, before he secured his second goal of the afternoon in the 77th minute, by placing his effort into the bottom corner to give the Tigers a deserved lead.
It was end-to-end action as Lovick first saw his attempt cleared off the line by Fenton Green, before Snelgrove completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot, after Mills was brought down.
Snelgrove was denied a fourth moments later as Booth saved at his near post, before Crewe hit the woodwork through Finney’s poked attempt. The hosts did get one back through substitute Connor Salisbury late on, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers secured all three points at Alexandra Park.
Crewe Alexandra: Tom Booth (GK), Lewis Billington (Bailey Marsden 83’), Michael Williams, Fenton Green (C), Connor O’ Riordan, Jack Marrow (Matthew McDonald 83’), Kyle Stubbs, Joel Tabiner, Charlie Finney, Joe Levey, Sean Lawton (Connor Salisbury 69’).
Subs Not Used: Jerry Le Grand Akpo (GK), Liam Kennington.
Hull City: Harry Fisk (GK), Josh Ward, Jake Leake, Louis Beckett, Jevon Mills, Trialist, McCauley Snelgrove, Harry Lovick, Josh Hinds, Oliver Green (C), Harvey Carew (Rio Dyer 61’).
Subs Not Used: Thomas Macauley (GK), McCauley Power, Luke Rees, Alfie Taylor.