Hull City Under-18s suffered defeat in their first game of pre-season, losing 3-1 against Bradford City at Bishop Burton College.
Ronnie Kelly netted what would be a consolation goal for the Tigers against the reigning EFL Youth Alliance North East champions.
John Anderson and Billy Clarke named two starting XI’s in each half, with Keegan Green and Rocco Coyle being rolling substitutes in the second half. Under-16 duo Stan Ashbee and Stan Hewitt also stepped up to feature for the Under-18s.
Bradford almost opened the scoring within the opening minutes as Ben Voase parried Bobby Painton’s drive, before Dylan Youmbi fired the rebound wide. Voase denied Painton once again before Youmbi dragged his one-on-one wide after he was played through by Noah Wadsworth.
The Bantams opened the scoring on 11 minutes as Pointon clinically finished from close range. The Bradford captain searched for his second as he saw an effort blocked by Anthony Onoh, before both Youmbi and Cole Roberts drew excellent saves from Voase.
On 24 minutes, the visitors doubled their lead as Robinson finished off a lovely team move. Voase would be called into action again to deny Pointon twice in quick succession, before Palit fired a chance over the bar.
In the second half, Roberts headed wide before Palit saw his strike deflect wide off Archie Cooper. Roberts then fired his chance over the bar, before the Tigers created some clearcut chances of their own.
Good passing play between Aman Panesar and Sam Opoku saw the latter find Ralph Nkomba, who tested Munro Gellan in the Bradford goal. Opoku was next to take aim a minute later, but his shot was well saved by substitute goalkeeper Hadi.
Bradford added a third on the 71st minute as Wilkinson rifled his effort into the far corner. Hewitt tried to craft chances for the Tigers, first seeing his own effort saved before setting up Opoku, who’s attempt was blocked.
Kyle Fanning drew a save from the Bradford goalkeeper moments later, before the Tigers pulled a goal back. A quick counter saw Nkomba and Hewitt link up, with the latter cutting the ball back for Kelly to fire home.
George Wilson would deny Bradford a fourth in the closing stages of the game, denying Wilkinson one-on-one.
Hull City (4-3-3) [1st half]: Ben Voase; Keegan Green, James Carr, Stan Ashbee, Anthony Onoh; Rocco Coyle, Cameron Gray, Aman Panesar; Harry Spence, Glen Sani, Mason Johnson.
Hull City (4-3-3) [2nd half]: George Wilson; Sam Jackson, Paul Iggulden, Archie Cooper, Anthony Onoh (Keegan Green 66’); Kyle Fanning, Sam Opoku, Aman Panesar (Rocco Coyle 66’); Stan Hewitt, Ralph Nkomba, Ronnie Kelly.
Bradford City (4-3-3): Gellan, N. Tinsdale, Breaks, Wadsworth, J. Tinsdale; Jeffreys, Robinson, Palit; Pointon (C), Youmbi, Roberts.
Substitutes: Jeffers, Hadi, Dalghous, Wilkinson, Gledhill, Fankwe, Sedibeh, Ibbitson, Edgley, Kamwa, Wilson.