Hull FC v Wakefield Trinity: Hull’s away days don’t worry coach Radford

Hull FC coach Lee Radford.
Hull FC coach Lee Radford.
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Pragmatic Hull FC coach Lee Radford insists his squad are not in danger of suffering any sort of chronic travel sickness.

They host Wakefield Trinity Wildcats tomorrow and Wigan Warriors next Friday but will then not play again at the KC Stadium for almost two months due to pitch resurfacing work.

With Hull currently in sixth spot, the more pessimistic fan will be fearful of where they might be come Warrington Wolves’ visit on July 4 after that six-game stretch on the road.

The Black and Whites have yet to win away from home having lost at St Helens, Warrington, Castleford and, most recently, derby rivals Hull KR.

Conversely, they have won in five out of their six fixtures at the KC but Radford insists: “As a player I didn’t mind away games.

“Everyone is saying that we have this big run of away games. But you have to play everyone away anyway so I don’t see it as an issue. It’s not been spoken about and I don’t think we will speak about it when we are in that run of away matches either.”

More pertinently, he is concentrating on tomorrow’s opponents. Wakefield have lost their last six games but, with ex-Hull coach Richard Agar returning to his former club, Radford knows they will be dangerous.

Both sides have had extended spells on the training field given they were not involved in the Challenge Cup last weekend.

“It’s going to be a really tough game,” insisted Radford.

“When you look at Wakefield’s side there is some real quality and then you look at their results and it tells a different story.

“We know Rich will want to beat his old club and there are a lot of Hull connections in their squad. Their recruitment was done really late which will have affected their pre-season, so I am sure Rich will be pleased he’s had two weeks to work with the players for this game.

“But hopefully the frustration of us not playing last weekend will show Sunday too.

“If you are lucky you get three or four sessions between games; we’ve had 10. Everybody is ready.”

Radford will give a late check to ex-England centre Kirk Yeaman who is “50/50” with a calf strain but he has plenty of players available to him.

He added: “We are conceding on average 16 points a game and we’d like to bring that down slightly, but we’ve the third best defensive record in the comp.”

Hull will give a first appearance of the season to winger Jason Crookes, who takes over from Liam Colbon,