Skipper Fran McCaffrey scored twice as Hull City Reserves ran out 4-0 winners against Hartlepool United at North Ferriby on Wednesday night.
Andy Dawson and Seyi Olofinjana were given some much needed competitive match action as Stephen Clemence made seven changes to the side that won 4-1 at Grimsby Town. Only Ben Gordon, Will Aimson, Johnny Margetts and Paul McElroy remained from the starting line up at Blundell Park.
Greg Rutherford saw an early chance deflected for a corner for the visitors but the Tigers were ahead by the 5th minute. Gordon won the ball and released Margetts who unselfishly squared the ball for McCaffrey to drill a right foot shot in off the base of the post.
McCaffrey then created a chance for himself with a great run down the right but his shot was deflected for a corner.
After a period where neither side threatened to score City went close when Kealan Dillon sent Margetts clear but he sent his left foot shot across the face of goal.
Margetts and McCaffrey both saw shots blocked in City’s next attack before a Dillon strike was also blocked by the Pools defence, with Aimson firing the rebound over the bar.
The Tigers had a great chance to increase their lead right on half time when Lewis Clarkson created an opening for Margetts but he shot wide.
Half Time: Hull City Reserves 1 Hartlepool United Reserves 0
Clarkson fired a right foot shot past the post at the start of the second period before Brad Walker fired high and wide and Luke James lifted a shot over the bar for Hartlepool.
The Tigers needed the cushion of a second goal and they got it in the 56th minute. Aimson’s ball out of defence found Margetts and he sent Clarkson clear to shoot right footed past Pools keeper Adam McHugh.
Hartlepool almost pulled a goal back when a James free kick was met by Rutherford and his header brought a flying save from Mark Oxley.
Dillon then did well down the right for City and his cross was met by a bullet header from Clarkson that was superbly kept out by McHugh. However, from the resulting corner, taken by McCaffrey, Dawson powered a header down into the ground and up into the roof of the net to put City three up in the 65th minute.
Aimson then produced a crucial block to deny Zak Boagey before Darren Holden’s cross from the left fell to Rutherford but Oxley was quickly off his line to block the shot.
McHugh saved from Clarkson as the game swung from end to end before a long ball sent Holden through the left channel but the full back shot wide from a great position.
Pools were unlucky not to pull a goal back when centre back Dan Jones took the ball from his own half to the edge of the City box and smashed a left foot strike against the post.
The Tigers added a fourth goal in the 78th minute with a great move down the left which culminated in Gordon’s low cross leaving McCaffrey with a simple tap in from close range.
United had the chance for a late consolation when James cross found Rutherford but he fired tamely at Oxley.
Hull City: Mark Oxley, Danny Emerton, Ben Gordon, Kealan Dillon, Will Aimson, Andy Dawson, Fran McCaffrey, Seyi Olofinjana (Jack Barlow 83), Lewis Clarkson, Johnny Margetts (James Armstrong 56), Paul McElroy (Dougie Wilson 56).
Subs Not Used: Joe Cracknell, Sam O’Connor.
Hartlepool United: Adam McHugh, Josh Rowbotham, Darren Holden, Brad Walker, Nathan Buddle, Dan Jones, Luke James, Lewis Hawkins, Greg Rutherford, Anthony Sweeney (Lewis Green 46), Zak Boagey (Tom Mitchinson 71).
Subs Not Used: Aaron Brown, Dan Turner, Mark Foden.