Wakefield’s opening game of the 2017 Super League season ended in defeat as they were beaten 12-8 by Hull FC at a rain-soaked Beaumont Legal Stadium.
In a game dominated by handling errors, the only points of the first half came from the tee as Sam Williams responded to three Marc Sneyd penalties with one of his own, to ensure Trinity went into the break just four points down.
Chris Chester’s side then made the perfect start to the second half as Scott Grix touched down in the left-hand corner, but Hull regained the lead through Jake O’Connor’s converted try before seeing out the remaining minutes to secure the two points.
Having lost Anthony England to a concussion in the opening stages, Trinity fell behind in the seventh minute as Mikey Sio was penalised for interference at the ruck, allowing Sneyd to kick Hull into a 2-0 lead from in front of the posts.
The Hull scrum-half soon stretched his side’s lead further with two more straight forward penalties as the extremely wet conditions continued to dictate the scrappy nature of the game.
Trinity though closed the gap back to four points almost immediately as Williams got his first Super League points for the club with a penalty of his own after a clever kick-off from Liam Finn.
And Wakefield thought they’d drawn level shortly before half-time as Ben Jones-Bishop picked up a loose ball and finished well in the corner, only for referee Chris Campbell to bring play back for knock-on in the build-up.
Wakefield did get the opening try of the game though just four minutes into the second half as Grix touched down his own neat grubber in the left-hand corner after good hands in the middle of the field.
Williams made it two from two from the tee with a touchline conversion to give Trinity the lead for the first time in the game, and Wakefield could have extended their lead just a few minutes later, only for captain Danny Kirmond to spill the ball close to the line.
The Black and Whites responded well though and a sustained spell of pressure on the Trinity line resulted in a goal-line dropout after a smart kick through from the influential Sneyd.
Wakefield forced the error from the repeat set, but Hull eventually made their increasing pressure count with just over ten minutes to play as the Trinity defence failed to deal with Sneyd’s chip into the in-goal area, allowing O’Connor to capitalise and touch down close to the posts.
Sneyd added the conversion to stretch the lead out to 12-8, and although Grix came within inches of levelling the scores with just seconds remaining, Hull’s defence remained resolute to close out the win.