Match report: Featherstone Rovers v Hull FC

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Featherstone Rovers bounced back from a 66-0 drubbing against Leeds Rhinos last weekend by drawing with Hull’s young side.

Rovers staged an excellent recovery from 24-10 down early in the second half to snatch the lead but were denied victory when Ben Crooks – son of former Great Britain prop Lee Crooks – scored his second try seven minutes from time.

Prop forward Dominic Maloney, the former Dewsbury Rams and Halifax player slotted in well on his Featherstone debut in a keenly-contested match in which both teams fielded a mix of young players and first-teamers.

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Rovers fell behind after three minutes when good handling sent in Hull full-back Reece Lynn and Crooks added the first of his two goals.

With experienced stand-off Jamie Ellis dictating play, Hull increased their lead when slick passing sent in Jack Briscoe but Featherstone began to find more fluency and hit back to level the scores with two tries in four minutes.

Rob Kirk forced his way over from close range before Liam Mackay weaved through for a clever solo try.

Mackay went close again before Hull regained the lead on the stroke of half-time when Liam Cunningham sent in Tom Lineham.

The visitors then shot further ahead early in the second-half with two quick tries from Lewis Brown and Crooks.

But Daryl Powell’s Featherstone roared back in great style with three tries in eight minutes from Kyran Johnson, Mackay and Kirk.

Tom Carr’s fourth goal put Rovers 28-24 up but Hull grabbed a share of the spoils with Crooks’s second touchdown.

FEATHERSTONE ROVERS: Johnson; Carr, Smeaton, Bell, Davies; Worthington, Bussey; Maloney, Nurse, Freer, Bostock, Mvududu, Mackay. Subs: Brooke, Illey, Ormondroyd, Lyons, Jones, Mawson, Kitchen, Kirk, Perkins, Garahan.

HULL: Lynn; J Briscoe, Crooks, Cunningham, Lineham; Ellis, Nicklas; Bowden, Newton, Green, Pearce, Kent, Hadley. Subs: Cunningham, Gay, Jackson, Penrose, Brown, Shawl, Starling, Platt, Matthews.

REFEREE: Dave Merrick (Pontefract).

ATTENDANCE: 693.

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