Report: Hull City U23s 2 Ipswich Town U23s 1
Hull City U23s recorded their first win of the 2019/20 Professional Development League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town on Friday night.
First half goals from Keane Lewis-Potter and Tyler Hamilton were enough too secure all three points for the Tigers with Tyreece Simpson pulling a goal back for the visitors in the second half.
Jon Beale made four changes to the side that began the season with a defeat at Watford. With Charlie Andrew having returned from a loan spell at Bradford Park Avenue, he took over between the sticks from Will Mannion. First-year scholar Jake Leake came in at left-back for Matty Jacob to make his first competitive appearance at Development Squad level, while Andy Smith and Alhagi Sisay replaced Lewis Ritson and Danny Lupano.
The Tigers started the brighter of the two teams with Billy Chadwick testing Harry Wright after just 45 seconds before Hamilton fired narrowly wide after a good run after the visitors had failed to clear a corner.
At the other end of the pitch, Charlie Andrew saved well from Barry Cotter before Simpson came close to breaking the deadlock when his low strike from outside the box clipped the outside of the post on 12 minutes.
It was Lewis-Potter that had the honour of opening the scoring just a minute later though. A quick break from Jon Beale's saw the ball worked to Billy Chadwick, whose low cross was expertly turned home under pressure by the Tigers number 11.
And the same player almost it 2-0 on 20 minutes. Callum Jones released the diminutive winger down the left, who cut inside and beat two players before curling his effort just past the wrong side of the post.
A second goal for the men in black and amber did arrive just four minutes later though. Lewis-Potter was again causing problems for the Tractor Boys' backline and he cut back to Hamilton, whose curling strike found the back of the net despite Ipswich keeper Harry Wright getting a hand to it.
It was a lead that the Tigers took into the break, but a much-improved Ipswich side halved the deficit eleven minutes after the restart through Simpson, with the striker seeing his strike from the edge of the box deflected past Andrew.
Beale's side responded well to the setback with Lewis-Potter sending a curler agonisingly wide afar the Ipswich defence had failed to clear their lines from Hamilton's right-wing cross.
Back came the visitors though as they applied plenty of pressure on the Tigers' backline. And that pressure almost told 16 minutes from time when the ball dropped invitingly for Simpson inside the box, only for Ryan Hanson's perfectly-timed last-ditch block to prevent the effort from testing Andrew.
Lewis-Potter was proving to be a constant menace and once again went close to extended his side's lead on 79 minutes, heading narrowly wide from Billy Chadwick's corner kick.
Ipswich pressed for an equaliser but Ryley Scott fired over from the edge of the box and in added time Andrew made a crucial block at the far post to deny Lounes Foudil and secure City their first three points of the season.
Hull City:Charlie Andrew, Lucas Odunston, Andy Smith, Ryan Hanson (Lewis Ritson 74), Jack Leake, Elliot Bonds, Billy Chadwick, Callum Jones, Tyler Hamilton, Alhagi Sisay (Jay Rouse 69), Keane Lewis-Potter
Subs Not Used:Harrison Foulkes, Harry Wood, McCauley Snelgrove.
Ipswich Town:Harry Wright, Barry Cotter, Louie Ferenbach, Corrie Ndaba, Tommy Smith, Quevin Castro (Liam Gibbs 79), Jon Nolan (Ryley Scott 46), Lounes Foudil; Dylan Crowe (Zak Brown 67), Tyreece Simpson, Kai Brown
Subs Not Used:Antoni Bort, Elkan Baggott.
Teamsheet: U23 H Ipswich Town 16.08.19