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Winterton Rangers 1 Hull City 2

Posted on: Thu 21 Jul 2011

Goals from Corry Evans and Jay Simpson saw Hull City continue their pre-season programme with a 2-1 victory over Winterton Rangers at West Street on Wednesday night.

As expected, it was an entirely different starting eleven from the side that began the 4-1 win over North Ferriby United just 24 hours earlier. Recent loan signings Peter Gulasci and Robbie Brady were both included, as was Will Atkinson who ended last season on loan at Rochdale.

Robert Koren fired a left foot shot wide from the edge of the box in the opening minutes but the Tigers were ahead by the 8th minute. Evans unleashed a fine strike from out side the box that gave Rangers keeper no chance and flew into the top corner.

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Evans and Brady then combined down the City left but the Manchester United loanee's cross just evaded Simpson at the far post. Winterton showed that they did not intend being pushovers for the Tigers and Joe Leesley and Danny Frost combined well, with the latter seeing his low drive turned round the post by Gulasci.

Koren's long range strike was only just too high before Rangers keeper Jack Ward produced a superb save to keep out Brady's free kick which was deflected by the Winterton defensive wall.

From Koren's corner Sonny Bradley headed just past the angle. Brady, who temporarily switched to the right flank, cut inside only to see his left foot strike deflected for a corner before Gulasci had to be smartly off his line to smother the ball at the feet of Liam Wilkin.

The Tigers second goal came in the 38th minute and it was superbly created by Brady. His neat footwork took him past his marker on the right edge of the box and his low cross left Simpson with a simple tap in at the far post.

Half time: Winterton Rangers 0 Hull City 2

Simpson was off target with a couple of chances at the start of the second period before Koren and Evans created a great chance for Aaron McLean but he rushed his shot and put it past the near post.

Brady was continuing to impress and he curled a left foot free kick over the wall but once again Ward produced a flying one handed save to deny him. As is the norm in pre-season friendlies, substitutions began to fragment the game but Rangers reduced the deficit in the 76th minute when Wilkin drove a right foot shot from the edge of the box low past Gulasci and into the bottom corner.

The final chance of the game fell to Kamil Ghilas from a Fran McCaffey pass but his right foot strike was comfortably held by the keeper.

Winterton Rangers: Jack Ward, Shaun Nesbitt, Graeme Severn, Andy Walkden, Rob Sanderson, Danny Smith, Liam Nelthorpe, Danny Barlow, Liam Wilkin, Joe Leesley, Danny Frost.
Substitutes: Aaron Moxon, Jake Stannard, Gavin Cooper, Tom Osbourne, Glen Rafferty, Andrew Gillyean, Paul Morrill.

Hull City: Peter Gulasci (Conor Devlin 80), Will Atkinson, Andy Dawson (Conor Townsend 64), Corry Evans (Gavan Holohan 76), James Chester, Sonny Bradley (Tom Bennett 71), Robert Koren (Danny Emerton 64), James Harper, Aaron McLean (Fran McCaffrey 80), Jay Simpson, Robbie Brady (Kamil Ghilas 56).

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