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Hull FC 18 Salford City 13

Hull Football Club warmed up for their Challenge Cup final date with Wigan Warriors by edging out Salford City Reds at the KC Stadium.
Hull FC 18 Salford City 13

Hull Football Club warmed up for their Challenge Cup final date with Wigan Warriors by edging out Salford City Reds at the KC Stadium.

The Reds led at half-time, tries from Ryan McGoldrick and Danny Williams sandwiching Joe Arundel's score.

Aaron Heremaia then went over for Hull after the break and a late flurry of action finished with Joe Westerman's late winning try.

Winger Tom Lineham, who has 17 tries in all competitions this season, was missing for the hosts with an ankle injury he suffered in last week's Hull derby.

The Reds took the lead after they crossed on the back of a massive 40-20 by Lee Gaskell.

It was Gaskell again who supplied the finish with a neat inside ball seeing McGoldrick over, before Marc Sneyd converted.

McGoldrick turned villain when he spilled possession in his own half and Hull took advantage on the next set.

An outstanding grubber kick from Daniel Holdsworth found Arundel for the score and Danny Tickle converted to level the scores.

Salford re-took the lead when excellent hands wide right saw Ashley Gibson supply Williams with a sublime flick pass.

Sneyd converted from the touchline, before Hull regained some dominance with a Holdsworth kick forcing a drop-out.

Nothing became of the pressure but on their next attack Kirk Yeaman almost powered over, a wonderful tackle by Jordan Davies halting the centre.

Both sides enjoyed periods of pressure at the start of the second period, Hull turning the tide after Salford had begun the half with a bang.

Against the run of play Salford almost extended their lead. Niall Evalds rose above Jason Crookes to collect Sneyd's excellent kick to the corner but the winger spilled possession close to the line.

The visitors were left to rue their missed opportunity when Danny Houghton sent Heremaia on his way to touch down and Tickle again converted.

After Yeaman was penalised for a high shot on Gibson, Salford were given the opportunity to camp on their opponents' line. However, great right-side defence from Hull saw Gaskell thrown into touch.

A great Jamie Shaul tackle then forced a drop-out for Hull with 12 minutes to go. After receiving a penalty Hull declined to go for the two, but a poor last tackle option cost them.

From a kick return Evalds broke upfield for Salford, who eventually moved ahead again with a Sneyd field goal before Westerman crashed over 90 seconds later to give Hull the win.

Hull Football Club 18
Tries: Joe Arundel, Aaron Heremaia, Joe Westerman
Goals: Danny Tickle 2, Joe Westerman

Salford City Reds 13
Tries: Ryan McGoldrick, Danny Williams
Goals: Marc Sneyd 2
Field Goals: Marc Sneyd

Date: Friday 16th August 2013
Venue: Kingston Communications Stadium
Attendance: 11,180
Official: T Alibert
Half Time: Salford City 12-6

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