Hull Ionians were once again their own worst enemy as they suffered a 26-36 defeat to Old Albanian.
A workmen like performance, albeit against a disappointing I’s side, saw them home, after nervous starts from both teams. Handling errors were aplenty and prevented any free flowing rugby.
Ionians did manage to get first blood on the scoreboard after their first notable attack, with Ali Thompson scoring a converted try, but in a game of territory their kicking was poor, and put together with losing the ball in contact and poor discipline, it made for a frustrating affair.
Old Albanian took their chance as a result, with proficient handling allowing them to work the ball. I’s James Tinkell was sent to the sin bin and from that the visitors capitalised, levelling the scores with a converted try. The away side then scored again before the break, taking a 7-12 lead into half time.
Ionians hit back almost immediately after the restart as Jacob Heath crossed over in the corner, with an excellent touchline conversion putting them in front. The hosts then extended their lead as Sam Wilson scored another try, with I’s taking a 21-12 lead.
Two tries from Old Albanians gave them the lead again, before Heath gained his second I’s try, but unfortunately for the East Yorkshire outfit their good work was soon undone.
Ionians clung onto a two point lead with five minutes to go, but game smarts were lacking, and the away outfit capitalised.
Two late tries sealed the win, with defensive lapses costly, and the mood dull once again, as another defeat damped the spirits of the home crowd.