Rovers stage great recovery in draw against Hull

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FEATHERSTONE'S young guns emerged with tremendous credit from tonight's (Thursday) 28-28 draw against Hull FC at Bigfellas Stadium in front of a crowd of 693.

Traiing 24-10 early in the second-half, Rovers stormed back to grab a 28-24 lead but Hull levelled the scores six minutes from time.

Hull, inspired by Jamie Ellis, took an early 10-0 lead but Rovers hit back with tries from Jack Illey and the impressive Liam Mackay.

Hull took charge again and looked to be heading for victory early in the second-half but Rovers turned the game on its head with a burst of three tries in seven minutes from Kyran Johnson, Mackay and Rob Kirk.

Tom Carr kicked his fourth goal to give Featherstone a four-point advantage but former Airedale High School pupil Ben Crooks - son of former Great Britain star Lee - scored his second try to snatch a draw for Hull.

Ex-Halifax, Hull, Dewsbury and Castleford prop Dominic Maloney gave a solid display on his Rovers debut.

Featherstone: Johnson; Carr, Smeaton, Bell, Davies; Worthington, Bussey; Maloney, Nurse, Freer, Bostock, Mvududu, Mackay. Subs: Brooke, Illey, Ormondroyd, Lyons, Jones, Mawson, Kitchen, Kirk, Perkins, Garahan.

Hull: Lynn; J Briscoe, Crooks, Cunningham, Lineham; Ellis, Nicklas; Bowden, Newton, Green, Pearce, Kent, Hadley. Subs: Cunningham, Gay, Jackson, Penrose, Brown, Shawl, Starling, Platt, Matthews.