Jon Beale’s side contained a mixture of players from the Under 23 and Under 18 squads. The side included three players, Ahmed Salam, Tom Powell and Billy Chadwick, who started the Premier League Cup win against Oxford United three days earlier.
The Tigers got off to the best possible start, taking the lead in just the fifth minute. Elliot Holmes’ lay-off found Jacob Greaves on the edge of the box and his left foot strike found the top corner of the net.
That was the only real chance for either side in the opening half hour before Jordan Hickey created a couple of chances for Callum Smith, who fired the first over the crossbar and then sent a right foot strike across the face of goal.
Dan Hawkins saw his shot easily held by Hessle keeper Tom Smalley, who then made a great save to push a left foot strike from Chadwick away for a corner. Smalley made another good save when Hickey was again the provider for Smith, the keeper getting enough on the ball to divert it onto the roof of the net.
Just before the break, Hickey fired wide from outside the box.
The Tigers continued to create chances in the second period. Ben Adamson saw his header superbly tipped over by Smalley before Beale’s side doubled their lead in the 53rd minute. Salam’s through ball released Smith to round the keeper and steer the ball in the back of the net.
Hessle created their best chance of the game just before the hour mark when Tom Oliver’s cross found Perry Skelton arriving at the back post but he was unable to beat goalkeeper Harvey Cartwright.
Chadwick sent a shot inches over the crossbar before the Tigers secured their progress into the next round with three goals in four minutes.
In the 62nd minute Salam’s cross from the left picked out Powell on the edge of the box and he switched the ball onto his left foot and fired into the bottom corner of the net. Just two minutes later Hawkins was sent clear to place a right foot shot low past Smalley and the scoring was rounded off in the 66th minute when Salam’s cross from the left found Powell unmarked at the far post to head past Smalley for his second goal of the game.
Hull City: Harvey Cartwright, Billy Chadwick (Will Taylor 66), Ahmed Salam, Ben Adamson (Andrew Smith 66), Josh Thacker, Jacob Greaves, Dan Hawkins (Harry Wood 70), Jordan Hickey, Tom Powell, Elliot Holmes, Callum Smith.
Subs Not Used: Harrison Foulkes, Keane Lewis-Potter.
Hessle Rangers: Tom Smalley, Perry Skelton (Nick Oehring 64), Dan Shaw, Ash McWilliam, Dan Wilkin, Chris Boreham, Tom Oliver, Finn Riley, Lee Gardiner (Shaun Ransom 80), Anton Owen (Tyler Pelham 64), Bailey Smith.
Subs Not Used: Mark Lucid, Sedat George.