We are now just nine days away from the start of the Championship season for Hull City. They continued their preparations for the big kick off against Brucie’s Villa with a 1-1 draw at Barnsley.
As they did against Newcastle, City started slowly and they were punished by the League 1 outfit. Kenny Dougall gave Barnsley an early lead after he hit a hopeful shot from the edge of the area that went through a crowd of bodies and deceived David Marshall before hitting the back of the net.
In the sixth minute City fans paid tribute to six year old Stanley Metcalf who was tragically killed on Thursday by applauding for the minute and chanting “Super Stanley Metcalf” throughout. A touching tribute from Stanley’s fellow City supporters.
As the game continued the home side dominated much of the first half and Nouha Dicko was looking isolated up front again. He ran his socks off but he seems to be lacking any clinical striker’s instinct so it’s a good job last years star man Jarrod Bowen was back in the side today after missing the Rochdale and Newcastle games.
Bowen levelled the scores before half time with an excellent finish. He was found at the back post and he hit a shot past goalkeeper Adam Davies with consummate ease. City almost completely turned it round before half time when Dan Batty played a brilliant ball to Dicko who pulled a pass back to Todd Kane who saw his shot blocked so it was all square at the break.
Barnsley dominated much of the second half. They struck the woodwork and had numerous other half chances to see City off. After the encouraging display against Newcastle this was somewhat of a comedown for City who now have one more friendly before the season starts a week on Monday. Centre halves Jordy de Wijs and Reece Burke both picked up minor knocks so they won’t feature at North Ferriby on Monday but should be back for the Villa game.
It remains to be seen how many first teamers will feature at Ferriby on Monday for City’s final friendly but Nigel Adkins hinted that a few may well feature, including Fraizer Campbell.
Ferriby continued their pre-season games today, going down 2-0 to National League North side Spennymoor Town. Chris Bolder’s young side played really well at times and look to keep the ball and play possession football so they are enjoyable to watch. They were beaten by two brilliant long range goals but Bolder will be encouraged by his sides progression in pre-season.
Luke Lofts and Eddie Rogerson were particularly impressive, the only real negative of the performance was the lack of potency up front and that will need addressing. One thing is for sure we absolutely love Ferriby’s new away kit! We look forward to seeing what the traditional Green and White home shirt is like.
We now look forward to Monday evening’s game at the Chadwick Stadium as Ferriby take on City in the annual Billy Bly Trophy game. Look out for us with our remaining issues of the FanaticHull City fanzine July issue outside the ground!
Our July 2018 issue of the FanaticHull City fanzine is still on sale, your next chance to buy it will be at the Billy Bly Trophy game. 40 pages of independent City content for just £2. You can also secure your copy online by following this link.