City take a one-goal lead into the second leg of the semi final at Brisbane Road on Wednesday, after John Eyre came off the bench to fire the Tigers in front on 69 minutes. It was the visitors that showed the initiative for much of the game, City seemed to lack guile in midfield at times but the defence put in a typically resolute display to keep the O’s at bay. In the other semi final, Blackpool beat Hartlepool 2-0 at Bloomfield Road
Today’s match at Brunton Park finished all square today, with neither side able to produce any clear-cut chances throughout the ninety minutes. The Tigers finish the season in sixth position, fantastic considering everything that has gone on throughout this campaign – and will now face Leyton Orient in the play-off semis. The first game will be played at the Ark on Sunday 13th May. Be there! Full match report to follow.
Hull City ensured their season will continue beyond the weekend by earning a point against Southend United at Roots Hall tonight. Mike Edwards opened the scoring after only four minutes when he headed home Mark Atkins pinpoint free-kick. Southend equalised in first-half injury time through Tes Bramble.
City tried hard to throw away a 3-0 lead, allowing Rochdale to pull it back to 3-2 in an anxious close to the game. Gary Brabin nodded home from point blank range on 27 minutes after Mike Edward’s header bounced on the line after hitting the crossbar, Edwards was not to be outdone though and lashed in a fine goal on 35 minutes. Leading 2-0 at the break, Rodney Rowe’s well taken penalty extended the lead on 69 minutes before a nailbiting finale. City retake 7th place, one point behind Blackpool in 6th and two behind Leyton Orient in fifth.
City managed to eke out another three points yesterday, again without playing particularly well. The Tigers had the better of a scrappy first half, and took the lead in comical circumstances when Exeter defender Burrows elected to pass the ball into his own net after a Francis cross, the second time in four days City had benefited from a Pick of the Week-quality own goal. Immediately after the break, the visitors equalised with a soft goal. Flack got the slightest of touches to a free-kick sent in from the flanks while Musselwhite and his defenders did an impromptu but convincing impersonation of statues.
The match nearly got away from the Tigers, but a penalty on 66 minutes swung the game. Rowe was upended clumsily in the area, and despite wailing protests, the spot kick was awarded. A host of petty spoiling tactics delaying it’s being taken, but Rowe eventually stepped up and stroked it past van Heudsen. The rest of the match was mostly played in midfield, with City having the better of it, and nearly scoring on two further occasion.
City cruised to victory against bottom club Halifax at the Shay. After a period of early dominance in which Greaves and Eyre went close, the returning Theo Whitmore put the Tigers ahead on 22 minutes after some neat interplay with Clint Marcelle. A one-two with the Trinidadian allowed the Jamaican to drill the ball past Lee Butler between the sticks for the Shaymen. The home side had a brief spell of pressure but was unable to trouble the alert Musselwhite sufficiently.
The Tigers reasserted their dominance in the second half and doubled their lead on 57 minutes, Clint Marcelle raced on to a David Brightwell long punt, lost his markers and put his shot underneath one time Tiger’s loanee Butler from 15 yards. Halifax nearly pulled one back when another former loan Tiger, Gerry Harrison, hit the woodwork after the ball was knocked down for him. Whitmore then hit the post after rounding Butler and Eyre had a good effort cleared. The three points saw us leap two places in the table to fifteenth. Want more good news? Defeats for York and Bradford. Happy days!
An appalling display by City saw them slump to defeat at the hands of an average Cheltenham side, a defeat which leaves us rock-bottom of the entire football league. The score could have been much higher, with the visitors fluffing several excellent chances, the pick of these being when their centre-forward chose to lay down and take a nap when it seemed that he must score.
The only light on a dark day for the Tigers was when Clint Marcelle came on just after the hour mark to replace Phil Brumwell. He had the commitment and desire to try and do something to turn the game in City’s favour, but it’s a hard task when you’re on your own. Lee Philpott was stretchered off towards the end of the game after a clash in the Robins penalty box. The team were roundly booed at the final whistle, by which time many of the 4750 in attendance had left the ground. No surprise really, it was a game that from a spectators’ point of view, was like having several teeth extracted without anaesthetic.
A first half goal by John Eyre was enough to give the Tigers a first leg victory in this Worthington Cup first round tie. The game was largely formless until the 28th minute, when Theodore Whitmore threaded a lovely through ball to Eyre from around 20 yards out. City’s number 10 promptly broke away from his marker and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper into the net. The visitors had the majority of possession in the second half, but failed to take advantage, wasting several clear-cut scoring opportunities. David Brown could have doubled the lead just seconds after replacing Jamie Wood three minutes from time, he rounded the County keeper near the edge of the box, but directed his shot wide of the goal. The second leg will be played at Meadow Lane on Tuesday 5th September. Match report to follow.
Having just been evicted from Boothferry Park for non-payment of rent, City are set to buy the ground and the car park from current owner David Lloyd. He has accepted a £1.4m bid from the board, and is to sever all links with sport in Hull, probably to his immense relief. The price of £1.4m is his previous asking price, £1.3m, plus the unpaid rent, currently £103,000. Despite this move, the winding up order over the unpaid rent has not been removed, but Lloyd has altered his demands, allowing City to pay in two instalments. The first, due in seven days, is a deposit for £400,000, with the remaining £1m due in four weeks. The purchase of the stadium will leave the Council in a quandary. The new Council-built stadium cannot proceed without Hull City’s involvement, but City now have either a potent bargaining position, or the ability to strike out on their own by redeveloping Boothferry Park.
A poor performance in the last match of the season saw the Tigers slump to a 0-3 defeat to a committed Hartlepool side. City were two nil behind after only eight minutes, thanks to very sloppy defending from set pieces. The Tigers even had a man advantage for the last hour of the game, after Gary Strodder was sent off for a bad foul on David Brown. For the most part however, it was the monkey hangers who looked more likely to score and they duly scored a third on thirty seven minutes thanks to yet more sloppy defending from set pieces. Gary Brabin went closest for the Tigers with an excellent shot from twenty five yards, but the ball hit the crossbar and went over for a goal kick. The result, and the fact that both Cheltenham and Torquay lost means that Hartlepool take the final play-off berth and will face close rivals Darlington for the privilege of playing at Wembley.
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