Hull City U18’s suffered a 2-0 defeat in their first Professional Development League game of 2021 against Birmingham City.
A brace from Kieran Wakefield secured the visitors all three points at Bishop Burton College.
John Anderson and Matt Hare made six changes to the starting eleven that were defeated 6-1 last time out against Crewe Alexandra. Josh Ward made his long awaited return from injury after three months out, while seven first-year scholars and three members of the Under-16 side were named in the match day squad.
Birmingham opened the scoring after just eight minutes as Wakefield latched onto a long ball before clinically finishing with a low shot into the bottom corner. The visitors pushed for a second moments later as Jordan James forced a save from Thomas Macauley at his near post, before Rico Patterson curled a shot narrowly wide after cutting inside from the left wing.
The Tigers tried to respond through Louis Beckett as he headed narrowly wide from Oliver Green’s free-kick, before Wakefield flashed his cross-shot wide for the visitors just before the half-time interval.
The visitors doubled their lead ten minutes into the second half as Patterson played Wakefield through on goal as he finished from a tight angle to secure his brace.
The Tigers thought they had got one back just past the hour mark as they had an opportunity cleared off the line following a goalmouth scramble, while at the other end, Wakefield was denied his hat-trick following a great save from the onrushing Macauley.
In the other goal, Kobi Brooks produced a good save to deny Rio Dyer, after the Tigers’ winger cut inside from the left wing, before Birmingham substitute Jobe Bellingham hit the post late-on, after connecting with Wakefield’s low cross.
Hull City: Thomas Macauley (GK), Josh Ward (James Carr 62’), Henry Curtis, Harry Wallis (McCauley Power 62’), Trialist (Jevon Mills 46’), Alfie Taylor, Billy Leach, Louis Beckett, Luke Rees, Oliver Green (C), Rio Dyer.
Subs Not Used: Ben Voase (GK), Glen Sani.
Birmingham City: Kobi Brooks (GK), Josh Dugmore, Callum Sullivan, Tom Fogarty (Brandon Khela 68’), Charlie Noakes, Alfie Chang (C), Rico Patterson (Jobe Bellingham 61’), Trialist (Trialist 61’), Kieran Wakefield, George Hall, Jordan James.
Subs Not Used: Connor Barrett, Cianole Nguepissi.