Sincere Hall’s first-half strike helped secure the Under-23s a 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at the LNER Community Stadium.
The Bermudan Under-20 international finished off a great team move with the Tigers currently sitting third in the Professional Development League.
Richard Naylor and Andy Dawson made six changes to the starting XI that faced Coventry City last time out. Tom Macauley replaced Harvey Cartwright between the sticks, while Callum Jones, Harry Wood, Hall, Festus Arthur and Andy Smith all came into the team.
There were chances for both teams early on as Josh Hinds saw his header caught by Josh Render, while Jay Glover’s shot was blocked by Smith after the initial cross was parried by Macauley.
In the other goal, Render acrobatically denied Oliver Green and Wood, before Charles Hagan’s low strike was held by Macauley. The Owls forward almost opened the scoring after getting on the end of Basile Zottos’ delivery but his attempt smashed off the woodwork.
The Tigers broke the deadlock on 22 minutes as Wood’s chipped pass found the run of Jones. The former Morecambe loanee delivered a cross to the back stick for Hall to finish with a chipped effort.
The winger almost doubled his tally for the evening after meeting Wood’s cross, but Render denied him from point-blank range. Harry Lovick then had a penalty appeal waved away, before Wood struck his first-time attempt into the side-netting as the first half drew to a close.
It was a tame opening to the second half with neither team having any clear-cut chances. McCauley Snelgrove saw a half-chance pushed behind by Render, with Jones slicing his volley from the resulting corner.
Just past the hour mark, Wood played Hinds through on goal. The forward rounded the onrushing Render before squaring the ball across the penalty area. The pass eventually found its way to Tom Nixon, who struck the crossbar with his powerful attempt.
Jake Brown almost made an immediate impact in his official Tigers Under-23s debut after coming off from the bench. The midfielder was played through on goal, but his placed shot was blocked by the recovering Sheffield Wednesday defence.
Hagan searched for an equaliser for the Owls in the latter stages of the game, but his strike was blocked well by Arthur.
Hull City: Tom Macauley; Tom Nixon (C), Festus Arthur, Andy Smith, Harry Lovick; Callum Jones, Oliver Green (Louis Beckett 72’), Harry Wood; McCauley Snelgrove, Josh Hinds, Sincere Hall (Jake Brown 79’).
Subs Not Used: Ben Voase, Alfie Taylor, Harry Wallis.
Sheffield Wednesday: Josh Render, Kwame Boateng (Josh Dawodu 61’), Ryan Galvin, David Agbontohoma, Declan Thompson, Liam Waldock, Will Trueman (Alex Bennington 79’), Jay Glover, Charles Hagan, Basile Zottos (Jayden Onen 67’), Paulo Aguas.
Subs Not Used: Luke Jackson, Lewis Farmer.