WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats staged a sensational second-half fight-back to defeat Hull FC 32-30 and notch-up their third successive win in Stobart Super League XVII.
Leading 30-10 with a half-an-hour remaining, Hull looked to be cruising to victory but roared-on by a vocal home crowd, Wakefield turned things around with four unanswered tries.
Hull bossed the first quarter of the game as penalties and handling errors handed the visitors good field position and resulted in tries from Willie Manu and Brett Seymour.
Danny Tickle added the conversions and a penalty in front of the posts to put Hull 14-0 up.
Dean Collis barged his way over to open Wakefield’s account but Ben Crooks responded with an unconverted score to make it 18-4 with the interval approaching.
Wildcats were given a massive boost in the final minute of the half however and an incisive break in midfield ended with Peter Fox crossing for a score improved by Sykes.
The game appeared to be over when Kirk Yeaman scored two tries, converted by Tickle, to put the visitors 30-10 ahead with 30 minutes remaining.
Trinity hit back when Sykes crossed and converted and the crowd sensed a fight back when Danny Washbrook touched-down for a Sykes-goaled try five minutes later.
Kyle Amor got onto Tim Smith’s pass to make it to cut the gap to four points four minutes later and Sykes’ conversion put the hosts within two points.
Wakefield turned the screw on the shell-shocked visitors but were unable to find a way through until eight minutes from time when Ali Lauitiiti burst through to score the decisive try.
Sykes missed the conversion but his team held on to take the points.
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