Hull find table-toppers Stourbridge too hot to handle
COACH John Widdowson was delighted by his side's display, despite a 36-22 defeat by table-topping Stourbridge.
Hull's side contained a number of young players, some playing at North East Two level for the first time.
He said: "Young players need to rise to this sort of challenge and they did so magnificently, given Stourbridge had beaten Otley 68-10 last weekend.
"The most encouraging things were the excellent defence and discipline.
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"These are two areas that have, on occasions, been less than perfect this season."
During a torrid early few minutes Stourbridge battered the Hull line, but the home side's tackling held firm.
Hull were awarded a penalty 40 yards out but Greg Lound's kick was wide, while another Hull attack saw Matt White just miss out when he failed to reach his own chip ahead.
Stourbridge opened the scoring when, after sustained pressure on the Hull line, Ryan jinked over from 10 yards out.
Whilst he missed the conversion, Stourbridge were back on the attack and when Uzoigwe walked over from a quick tap penalty, Ryan's conversion and another Stourbridge try by Hearn saw Hull in trouble.
However, a powerful burst from Campbell and good work by man of the match Motu Tony saw Barnard race over for a fine try.
A few minutes later a ruck 20 yards from the Stourbridge line saw Maka drive through the ruck and sprint to the line.
Lound converted both tries to give Hull real hope with a gap of only three points between the sides.
The second half started with a Jarvis try and Ryan's conversion before Lound's penalty reduced the gap to seven points.
After 60 minutes a fine break from Stourbridge's Tuipolutu was rounded off by Bressington.
Ryan converted and when Harris dived over from a five-yard scrum Stourbridge looked comfortable winners.
However, Hull never gave up and when a 50-yard burst from Maka was stopped illegally by the visitors, a quick tap penalty saw Hull move the ball to Slingsby to score the final points.