THATTO Heath dropped out of the Challenge Trophy as West Hull grabbed a narrow 30-28 win at home, writes Andrew Southward.

Thatto would come out all guns blazing in the match, looking their electric best and ready to debunk their away form troubles.

Jamie Tracey and Louis Taylor would score brilliant long range tries either side of Niall Allen’s effort as they raced into a commanding lead.

However, Thatto would find themselves at the wrong end of the penalty count in the second half. Gifting field position and ultimately the platform for West Hull to go on and win.

West Hull started the game lethargic in defence and void of ideas in attack, allowing Tracey to pounce just three minutes in

Matty Norton spotted a game and sent Tracey racing in from 70m out, fending off fullback Ryan Langton on his way to the line.

Whilst in the ascendancy Thatto would have chances upon chances to score, yet the final ball didn’t deliver until halfway through the first half.

Norton again the provider as he gave Allen the perfect chance to finish a sweeping move, and the winger did just that, an acrobatic effort in the corner making the scores 10-0.

West Hull would halt the momentum with a try of their own, however, the joy was short lived. Thatto scoring twice in two minutes through Taylor and Brad Ashurst to make it 22-6 at halftime.

At halftime, Owen would be the happier of the coaches, yet his side should have put the game to bed if missed chances had been taken.

The second half would take a totally different turn, West Hull coming of the sheds after what one can only imagine was a halftime hammering and stunned everyone scoring three tries in ten minutes.

Scott Partis would terrorise the Thatto defence collecting his own kick then setting up Sam Cator would a quickfire double, making it 24-22.

The pressure on Thatto Heath to fight back and show they can match their elegance with hard work otherwise they were out.

Although Sean Kenny crossing would give a glimmer of hope, the away side would ultimately falter as West Hull crossed again before full time making it 30-28 and dumping Thatto out of the competition.

Head Coach Richard Owen saying “It’s disappointing to lose the game because of a few calls not going your way, but at 22-6 up we can only blame ourselves for the loss.”