The curtain fell on a very disappointing season for Hull FC with a defeat that displayed in microcosm what ails the Airlie Birds at the moment.
We started at a gallop. The intensity was high and when the mercurial Tom Briscoe fielded a difficult ball on the right wing and crashed over the line, it was no more than the hosts deserved.
Then the ref. caused us to lose two tries, the heads went down, we couldn’t seem to recycle the ball quickly enough, and despite a late rally Bradford went home with the two points.
Bradford drew level after Mr. Silverwood called a very harsh obstruction against the defence some 15 yards in front of the sticks. The Bulls produced a strong set and completed it with a clever move for the try.
These decisions even themselves out over the campaign. So we are told. Well I for one beg to differ as Mr. Silverwood and his officials missed a blatant forward pass, so obvious even a RFU ref would have pulled play up, and Bradford scored a killer try right on the half time hooter. We we furious. Absolutely livid. What can you do when so may mistakes go against you?
But instead of blasting back, FC became lethargic and lacking in any direction, Bradford sensed their chances and took them.
Despite such an awful season the fans turned out in force, cheered the team on, sung their hearts out and there was not one sign of recriminations or negativity towards the players or the staff, amazing given the inertia and drift abroad at the Club.
I will await the contract announcements on Monday before making any judgements about where we go from here, but believe me when I say a mass clearout of under achievers, passengers, deadwood and downright shit stirrers is a must.
Hull FC should be a top four Club year in, year out and the loyalty and good humour of our fans deserve better from the hierarchy of the Club who set the tone for what goes on in the dressing room and on the park.
Finally I want a return to Sunday games with the odd Friday night thrown in for variety, or the needs of Sky.
Hull FC: Tansey, Briscoe, Whiting, Hall, Raynor, R. Horne, Washbrook, Dowes, Houghton, Cordoba, Tickle, Manu, Radford. Replacements: King, G. Horne, Moa, Lauaki.