Hullensians faced Yorkshire 1 table proper’s, Acklam on Saturday in their final home league game of the season, but had to work hard for their 35-25 victory in a match that threatened to go either way.
Hullensians took the lead when Chris Smith put Ryan Baron through for a try, converted by Chris Lound. Acklam hit back with a Tom Grinsted try, before a Dan Ashton penalty gave them an 8-7 lead. Hullensians regained the lead when Aaron Smith crashed over for a try, also converted by Lound. As half-time approached, Acklam looked certain to retake the lead, but a last-ditch tap-tackle by Ollie Emanuel saved the day, and Hullensians broke away for Chris Smith to roll over the line for a try, converted by Lound for a 21-8 lead at the break.
Ollie Dynan soon added the bonus-point try with a 50-yard run from the back of a scrum, with Lound adding the extras before he hobbled off injured. Chris Smith managed to butcher a try, before Acklam botched a clearance kick for him to break through the tackle for his second try, this time converted by Guy Martinson. Acklam, to their credit, never gave up as Hullensians’ defence appeared to falter, and when Hullensians had a player sin-binned, they redoubled their efforts to run in three late tries through Johan Olkers, Dean Roberts and Andy Dalton, with one conversion from Ashton for a deserved bonus point and to bring them some respectability to the score.
This week, Hullensians travel to face Scarborough in their penultimate game of the season. The teams have met five times in Yorkshire 1, with Hullensians winning two to Scarborough’s three, so they will be looking to avenge their 15-8 defeat in the corresponding home fixture earlier this season to redress the balance.