Dan Mowforth netted a hat-trick as Hull United marched into the second round of the Whiteheads League Cup.
The visitors were comfortable throughout most of the afternoon and avoided a cup upset, thanks to further goals from Ben Kinsley and Callum Staves who both netted in the first period.
There was two changes to the starting line-up, as boss John Duffill and coach Steve White also used the game as an opportunity to look at a few of the club’s fringe players.
They included, three sixteen year olds in the starting line-up.
Joe Keenan played in goal, whilst they were also starts for Jordan Smith at right-back and Josh Dennett, who partnered Sam O’Malley at centre half, David Brooke featured on the left.
Liam Taylor returned after a knee injury and was named amongst a strong bench which included, Shane Hill, Mike Stansfield, Paul Goldie and recent capture Louie Green.
Hull United started extremely brightly, and when Tom Kerins fed Mowforth with a through ball after intercepting in midfield, Mowforth drew the keeper who denied the striker.
The Citizens got an early goal though which helped settle them down and they led after just three minutes.
Callum Staves was found on the right flank and after a jinking run, he cut inside to side foot into the far corner.
The hosts, in the division below United frustrated their visitors for the next quarter as both sides failed to carve out any serious chances.
Staves threatened again though on 17 minutes as he drifted to the left this time, and he laid the ball off to skipper Lewis Poucher who took the shot first time but fired narrowly over.
The biggest threat to Hull United was likely to be their own complacency and they were let off the hook at the midway point of the half as a wayward pass across their own back-four landed at the feet of the opposition and after been shown down the line by Brooke, the Howden attacker could only blaze high and wide.
Poucher then drove a swerving effort just wide of the near post on 22 minutes but Hull United’s dominance in terms of shots on goal contributed to them doubling their lead five minutes later.
The club’s two most experienced players linked, as Poucher found Ben Kinsley with a delicious defence slicing pass and Kinsley finished emphatically past an onrushing keeper.
Another experienced player Sam O’Malley, playing at centre-half then caused indecision in the opposition penalty box when his cross saw a Howden defender nervously glance towards goal, however the ball narrowly avoided the post to go for a corner.
From that resulting corner Staves whipped in a devilish inswinging corner from the left and Dennett was unfortunate to not grab his first senior goal as his header hit the angle of bar and post.
Dan Mowforth then twice missed the target, snatching at a long range effort before heading narrowly over, but it was third time lucky as on the stroke of half-time the game was effectively put to rest.
Scott Freeman scuffed a half volley from outside the area, but in turn this was laid straight into the path of Mowforth who diverted the ball goalwards,
The break saw United make one change, Scott Freeman, who was struggling with flu made way for Paul Goldie with the usual full back slotting into the centre of the United midfield.
United continued to assert their dominance in the opening exchanges of the second period, Kerins, Staves, and Mowforth all went close in quick succession, whilst Sam O’Malley had a goal chalked off, following a precision header from Staves corner.
Ben Kinsley was adjudged to have pushed a Howden defender in the lead up.
Louie Green was then introduced for his first appearance, coming on for Brooke at left back, and Green’s beautifully flighted cross led to Mowforth’s glancing header been palmed over the cross bar.
For Hull United’s final change, Liam Taylor replaced 16 year old Jordan Smith who took a nasty kick to the shin in a 50-50 challenge, with 65 minutes played.
Hull United then gave a comprehensive look to the scoreline when Mowforth netted his second with sixteen minutes remaining.
Another superb cross from the left was touched home by the striker inside the six yard box.
John Duffill’s side should have added a fifth moments later, but Staves failed to convert from a clever Mowforth flick on which saw the Howden keeper stranded.
The Premier Division side were not to be denied though as they duly netted their fifth with twelve minutes remaining as Mowforth completed a fine hat-trick.
Poucher’s drifted corner, found Kerins who saw his original effort saved, however Mowforth pounced on the rebound and made no mistake again from close range.
The only blot on an otherwise professional display saw the hosts nick one back in sloppy circumstances.
United gave away possession needlessly inside their own half and they their hosts capitilised firing from the left, past Keenan and inside the far post on 81 minutes.
Although tougher tests lie ahead, Hull United booked their place in the second round of the League Cup and will be looking to carry the momentum from this result into their Humber Premier League campaign which resumes at Temple Street next Saturday for the visit of South Cave United (2pm)
- Joe Keenan,
- Jordan Clarke, (for Taylor 66)
- David Brooke (Sponsored by Paul Poucher Plumbing) (for Greene 56)
- Tom Kerins,
- Josh Dennett,
- Sam O’Malley,
- Scott Freeman, (for Goldie 45)
- Lewis Poucher,
- Dan Mowforth,
- Ben Kinsley,
- Callum Staves
UNUSED SUBSTITUTES: Mike Stansfield, Shane Hill (Sponsored by Paul Poucher Plumbing)
Man of the Match
On a day which probably belonged to the trio of youngsters which started the game and an excellent team performance, Mowforth outshone all with his hat-trick, and on another day may have had six or seven. In a front three which were a constant threat all afternoon.
South Cave United, Saturday October 6, Temple Street, Humber Premier League, Kick off: 2pm
Match Report by Neil Winsor