A stoppage time equaliser saw a Hull City XI held to a 2-2 draw by Boston United at the Jakemans Stadium on Wednesday night.
Once again the Tigers fielded a team of young professionals together with the experience of Bryan Hughes. Conor Townsend, Sonny Bradley, Jamie Devitt and Mark Cullen who were included in the side having featured as substitutes in the first team friendly at Doncaster Rovers 24 hours earlier.
Boston took the lead in just the 6th minute when Joe French drove a superb shot past Mark Oxley from outside the box but City were level within a minute when Cullen did well on the right and his low shot gave Johnny Margetts the chance to sweep a right foot shot into the net. Hughes had a shot tipped over by United keeper Dan Haystead and from the resulting corner the midfielder’s curling shot skimmed the top of the crossbar but it remained 1-1 at the interval.
The Tigers went ahead in the 57th minute when Devitt went down the left and pulled the ball back for Cullen to tuck a left foot shot low into the net. Marc Newsham went close to a leveller but saw his shot cleared off the line by Bradley.
The equaliser eventually came in the third minute of stoppage time when the referee finally succumbed to the home fans continuous appeals for fouls by awarding a dubious free kick on the edge of the City box. As Oxley lined up the wall in front of him Ian Ross stepped up and curled the ball into the opposite corner of the net.
Tigers: Mark Oxley, Danny East, Conor Townsend, Dougie Wilson, Will Aimson (Kealan Dillon 46), Sonny Bradley, Johnny Margetts, Jamie Devitt, Mark Cullen (Jack Barlow 60), Bryan Hughes (Fran McCaffrey 46, Bryan Hughes 81), Paul McElroy.