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Radford sets out targets for Batley clash

18th January 2020, 12:12 by Jack Ogalbe

Hull FC boss Lee Radford says he wants Hull FC to be "more clinical" in Sunday's pre-season friendly at Batley.

The Airlie Birds have faced London Broncos and Halifax so far in warm-up matches for the 2020 campaign and, while the boss has been pleased with their defensive effort, he has been left frustrated by their offence.

Sunday's match at Batley will see Manu Ma'u and Josh Jones play for the first time and both should add much-needed thrust in the middle, having been outmuscled in their previous pre-season matches.

Hull start their season on February 2 away at Leeds and Radford is keen to use the match at the Fox's Biscuit Stadium as a dry run for the trip to Headingley.

Therefore, he is looking to see his key players perform, especially when they have front-foot ball.

"Defensively, I want us to show the same type of performance we have showed in our previous two friendlies against both Halifax and London," he told Hull FC's website. "In attack, I'd like to see us be a bit more clinical.

"It's a chance for some blokes to dust off some cobwebs in their first game of 2020 and start forming partnerships with players they're going to be playing around this season.

"We're only a fortnight away from our round-one clash against Leeds, so there could be some longer stints in the game for those blokes playing for the first time this year."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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