Rovers just about deserved the points and James Webster’s last ditch drop goal saw the hosts home in an error strewn game played in filthy conditions, a howling gale blowing up the Humber and making effective kicking and imaginative offloading neigh on impossible.
Hull KR got out of the blocks quicker and Webster crossed the whitewash with Cooke adding the extras to convert this pressure into points.
The visitors continued to come under the cosh playing into the icy wind, and I was relieved to see FC get to half time with no further score for the Robins having been conceded.
Nevertheless Raynor apart, there was no spark or inspiration from the Airlie Birds that gave me any confidence that we would score, despite some promising field position going into the break.
The weather turned vicious after the turn around, making any creative football impossible until a piece of inspiration from James Webster opened up a static sliding defence and Paul Cooke put FitzHenry over in the corner.
The former FC man’s conversion showed up just how appalling the conditions were as it the ball blew wildly off course, going no where near the upright.
10-0 down seem to finally galvanise Hull FC into action and Tickle crashed through the Rovers defence in a smart move which only elicited in me the reaction “Why the bloody hell didn’t we play like that earlier!”
Despite the missed conversion I felt that we looked the more likely winners and when Adam Dykes sent Yeaman over I was supremely confident that we would see the game out.
But a silly error gave possession away and Rovers pushed deep into Black and White territory.
“Where the flippin ‘eck is Cooke?” I shouted at the TV, and was delighted to see him take tackle number five meaning he was tied up for the drop goal attempt.
But the ball came back to James Webster and his scruffy, mis hit effort just about limped over the bar.
Hull KR: Briscoe, Steel, Walker, J Webster, Fitzhenry, Cooke, J Webster, Vella, Fisher, Mills, Newton, Galea, Murrell.
Replacements: Crossman, K. Netherton, Gene, Aizue.
Hull FC: Tony, Sing, Yeaman, Byrne, Raynor, Berrigan, Dykes, King, Lee, Cusack, Radford, Tickle, Washbrook.
Replacements: G. Horne, Wheeldon, Houghton, Fellous.