Hull City U23’s secured all three points in their latest Professional Development League fixture after defeating Coventry City U23’s 2-0. Goals in each half from Josh Hinds and McCauley Snelgrove sealed the victory for the Tigers at Bootham Crescent.
Richard Naylor and Andy Dawson made five changes to the starting eleven that drew 2-2 with Crewe Alexandra last time out. David Robson replaced Harvey Cartwright in-between the sticks, while Jake Leake, Danny Lupano, Harry Wood and Hinds all came into the side for Brandon Fleming, Festus Arthur, Callum Jones and Billy Chadwick respectively.
The Tigers started the brighter of the two teams as both Max Sheaf and Jordan Hickey fired chances off target, before Robson held Jack Burroughs’ attempt. Leake and Wood both then tested Cian Tyler in a matter of moments, before Ahmed Salam hit the crossbar with his curling shot.
The visitors had two possible penalty appeals waved away as Harrison Nee flashed a low shot narrowly wide, before Jordan Young then saw his free-kick deflect wide.
The Tigers took the lead on the 29th minute as a great run and cross from Salam found Hinds in the six-yard area and the striker made no mistake to convert from close-range to open the scoring.
Hinds could have scored his brace just a minute later, but his effort was saved by the leg of Tyler. In the other goal, Robson was forced into a smart save to deny David Bremang.
The Tigers finished the first half strongly as Tyler was forced to push Wood’s cross-shot away, before Sheaf’s corner delivery hit the far post after it eluded everyone. Wood then volleyed a chance wide in injury time as the Tigers held the advantage at the break.
In the second half, the Tigers picked off where they left off as Sheaf fired an effort over, while at the other end, Young saw his free-kick go narrowly wide past Robson’s left-hand post.
The Tigers doubled their lead on the hour mark as a quick counter attack saw Hickey release Snelgrove through on goal and the winger rifled his shot into the net, despite Tyler getting a hand to it. It should have been three just minutes later as Salam’s cross couldn’t be diverted over the goal line by either Hinds or Snelgrove.
Both teams created good opportunities in the latter stages of the game as Wood volleyed an effort wide, while Josh Pask saw his shot deflect wide for the visitors. Bremang then forced a great save out of Robson as he maintained his clean sheet, before Hull substitute Will Jarvis could only volley wide in stoppage time as the Tigers secured all three points.
Hull City: David Robson (GK), Jake Leake, Matty Jacob, Jordan Hickey (C), Danny Lupano, Andy Smith, Harry Wood (Oliver Green 88’), Max Sheaf, Josh Hinds (Will Jarvis 79’), McCauley Snelgrove, Ahmed Salam.
Subs Not Used: Harrison Foulkes (GK), Harry Lovick.
Coventry City: Cian Tyler (GK), Josh Pask, Jack Burroughs, Harrison Nee, Dan Bartlett (C) (Aidan Finnegan 46’), David Bremang, Blaine Rowe (Joe Nightingale 74’), Jordan Young, Joe Newton, Aaron Evans-Harriott (George Burroughs 46’), Jay McGrath.
Subs Not Used: Keelan Fallows (GK), Sam Pitts-Eckersall.