29th June 2018, 22:13 | super_league
Hull FC returned to winning ways with a roller coaster 31-24 win against Widnes Vikings in Betfred Super League.
After losing their unbeaten home record last time out against Wigan Warriors, Hull flew out the blocks and raced into a 16-0 lead, but found themselves 18-16 down early in the second half.
The lead changed hands another three times in the game, with Bureta Faraimo's 73rd-minute try settling the contest.
Albert Kelly, Hakim Miloudi and Liam Harris all scored tries in the opening 30 minutes as Hull took control.
But quick-fire tries from Charlie Runciman and Owen Buckley before half-time were followed by Sam Wilde crossing five minutes after the interval to give the Vikings a two-point lead.
Carlos Tuimavava edged Hull back ahead with the hosts' fourth try but Widnes regained their two-point lead in the 56th minute following James Chapelhow's converted score.
Jake Connor's fourth goal of the game levelled things up with 15 minutes left before his drop goal made it 25-24 soon after, before Faraimo made sure of victory.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford praised his team’s ability to come through adversity.
“We needed to get Jake on the ball a hit more in the second half and we did that,” said Radford “The improvements were there to see.
“He only had one training session with us,” added Radford of the versatile 23-year-old hit of last weekend’s England win over New Zealand in Denver.
“Both him and Scott (Taylor) had done a fair amount of travelling but to have them back was important."
Interim Widnes coach Francis Cummings has yet to see his temporary charges win after replacing Denis Betts.
However, the former Bradford Bulls coach insisted there were signs of improvement.
“I am disappointed we lost but I can see more of the team, we have been seeing in training,” he explained.
“I have been telling them in training we have been improving and I think we have.
“With a bit more composure and a few different, directed kicks we might have put more pressure on a Hull team who were fresh after we played last Sunday.
“We had a poor performance at Wakefield and it felt like the loneliest place in the world. No one believed in us.
“But I believe we will get better and better. We probably turned over a page there. There was more belief, players working really hard and sticking to what we are about.”