Super League  Saturday 2nd March 2013  Select Security Stadium Halton  Att: 5,541

Squad

Ah Van, Allen, K. Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Cross, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Hanbury, Hock, Kavanagh, Marsh, Mellor, O'Carroll, Phelps, Pickersgill, White, Winterstein.

Squad

Arundel, Briscoe, Crookes, Galea, Green, Heremaia, Holdsworth, Horne, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Tickle, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Gareth Hock

Frankie Winterstein

Cameron Phelps

Chris Dean

Cameron Phelps

Paddy Flynn

Paddy Flynn

GOAL SCORERS:

Rhys Hanbury

Rhys Hanbury

Patrick Ah Van

Patrick Ah Van

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Tom Lineham

Ben Galea

Joe Westerman

GOAL SCORERS:

Joe Westerman

Joe Westerman

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Hull FC were left still seeking their first away win of the Super League season after throwing away an early lead to suffer a dismal defeat.

Widnes Vikings trailed 12-4 until just before half-time but hit back with two tries apiece from man of the match Paddy Flynn and Cameron Phelps.

Widnes made half a dozen changes after a heavy defeat in their last match at Hull KR a fortnight ago. Kevin Brown made his debut after his close-season move from Huddersfield Giants and an ankle operation, and did well before limping off on the hour.

Ben Cross returned from suspension with Phelps, Patrick Ah Van, Frank Winterstein and Ben Kavanagh also back. Out went Shaun Briscoe, Willie Isa, Steve Pickersgill, Dave Allen, Phil Joseph and Macgraff Leuluai.

Hull were still missing key men Gareth Ellis and Daniel Holdsworth but had Brett Seymour returning at scrum-half for his first match since the opening defeat at Leeds Rhinos. Ben Crooks and Chris Green were also out, with Joe Arundel taking over in the centre and Richard Whiting starting at loose forward.

The Black and Whites made a perfect start with Flynn forced into touch from Arundel’s clever kick-off. It took only two minutes for Richard Horne to send Joe Westerman over for a try that the loose forward also converted.

Hull almost extended the lead after Hep Cahill’s late challenge on Seymour but Tom Lineham was bundled into touch from Horne’s long pass.

Then it needed a try-saving tackle from full-back Rhys Hanbury to deny Tom Briscoe a breakaway touchdown.

Ah Van, making his first appearance of the season for Widnes, proved a handful with his midfield runs but Hull’s defence was holding out, with Cross also stopped short.

The Widnes pressure was rewarded midway through the first half with Joe Mellor and Hanbury giving Flynn a chance; the winger cut inside to force his way through three defenders and cut the gap to 6-4.

Gareth Hock spoiled a surging break with a poor pass before Hull went 12-4 ahead after 27 minutes, with Ben Galea taking Seymour’s pass to blast through Mellor and Chris Dean.

Widnes cut the gap to 12-10 at the break with a superb solo try from Flynn, who intercepted a long Seymour pass to race the length of the field.

Lineham made a gallant attempt to cut off Flynn but the winger had enough speed to reach the line, Ah Van converting.

Widnes went ahead for the first time almost immediately at the start of the second half, with a thundering Hock break putting Phelps over in the corner. Ah Van’s conversion attempt hit the post.

Then Brown’s kick was collected by Dean for another Widnes try, with Ah Van’s conversion making it 20-12.

Briscoe was stopped by desperate Widnes defence before Brown was forced off.

The loss did not hamper Widnes, who extended the lead to 24-12 when Hanbury sent Phelps over for his second try.

Lineham gave Hull some hope after 66 minutes with his first try of the campaign.

But Winterstein went over nine minutes from time to end any doubt, before Hock added the final touchdown as time ran out.

Match Action

  • 80m
    try

    Gareth Hock

    Widnes

  • 80m
    goal

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 71m
    interchange_off

    Brett Seymour

    Hull

  • 71m
    interchange_on

    Aaron Heremaia

    Hull

  • 70m
    goal

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 70m
    try

    Frankie Winterstein

    Widnes

  • 63m
    try

    Tom Lineham

    Hull

  • 60m
    try

    Cameron Phelps

    Widnes

  • 51m
    interchange_on

    Frankie Winterstein

    Widnes

  • 51m
    interchange_off

    Stefan Marsh

    Widnes

  • 45m
    goal

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 45m
    try

    Chris Dean

    Widnes

  • 43m
    try

    Cameron Phelps

    Widnes

  • 38m
    try

    Paddy Flynn

    Widnes

  • 38m
    goal

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Richard Whiting

    Hull

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Aaron Heremaia

    Hull

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Danny Houghton

    Hull

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Danny Tickle

    Hull

  • 26m
    try

    Ben Galea

    Hull

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Andy Lynch

    Hull

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Jay Pitts

    Hull

  • 26m
    goal

    Joe Westerman

    Hull

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Ben Kavanagh

    Widnes

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Eamon O'Carroll

    Widnes

  • 21m
    try

    Paddy Flynn

    Widnes

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Alex Gerrard

    Widnes

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Ben Cross

    Widnes

  • 3m
    try

    Joe Westerman

    Hull

  • 3m
    goal

    Joe Westerman

    Hull