Hull FC fell to a third straight defeat in the Super League as they lost 42-10 at home to St Helens.

The Black and Whites scored tries through Adam Swift and Bureta Faraimo, but they weren’t enough to trouble Saints, who scored seven including a hat-trick from Jack Welsby.

Here’s the verdict.

Analysis

With a large chunk of the salary cap sat in the stands, even the most ardent FC fans were fearing the worst against the Challenge Cup winners.

Danny Houghton, Carlos Tuimavave and Josh Bowden dropped out of the line-up from Thursday’s loss to Leeds Rhinos, joining the likes of Scott Taylor, Jake Connor and Josh Griffin on the sidelines.

As such, confidence was low in the stands and on the field in the opening 20 minutes or so and St Helens helped themselves to three tries to build up a comfortable lead in the contest.

The Black and Whites had hardly been out of their own half by the time Joel Thompson went over, dashing through the line to touch down James Roby’s teasing grubber kick in the in-goal area.

They could have had another almost immediately as Lewis Dodd spotted space on the edge and moved the ball quickly to the left, but the opening try scorer spilled the pass.

Hull had struggled in attacking areas at the MKM Stadium on Thursday night but Josh Reynolds showed a bit of ingenuity to kick early to Bureta Faraimo in space on the flank, but the USA international was forced into touch by Jack Welsby.

That was the closest Hull got to scoring early as Saints stretched their legs. Tommy Makinson got over after bumping off the challenges of Adam Swift and Connor Wynne, before Welsby got in on the act finishing a scrappy play.

FC grew in confidence when Saints started to make changes and the likes of Alex Walmsley went off for a rest.

Swift came close to an opener only to be held up after claiming a Sneyd cross-field kick, but the 28-year-old kept going and he got his reward just before half-time.

Lachlan Coote couldn’t take in another Sneyd punt and as he spilled the ball, Swift was there to claim it and score FC’s first points of the night.

Belief grew even more at the start of the second half as Hull closed the gap further with another try in the corner, this time courtesy of Faraimo, who touched down a delightful cross-field kick from Sneyd.

The crowd could smell a comeback and Hull almost drew level moments later through Faraimo once more.

The Black and Whites were carried up the field by a superb break from Chris Satae and Reynolds eventually grubbered to the corner but the bounce wasn’t favourable and the winger couldn’t quite touch it down.

FC were reduced to 12 men when Jordan Johnstone was shown a yellow for a shoulder charge, an offence which allowed Coote to give Saints an eight-point cushion, and they took advantage of their numerical advantage as Kyle Amor dropped on Roby’s grubber for the decisive try of the game.

With that, the belief drained out of FC and the result seemed beyond doubt.

Kevin Naiqama added a fifth for Saints with about 10 minutes remaining and Welsby really hammered it home with two more late on once Ligi Sao had been sin-binned.

Key moment

The Black and Whites had Saints rocking but when Johnstone was sin-binned the momentum swung in Saints’ favour. Amor scored not long after and that was that.

Good day for

Chris Satae. Again. The Tongan-born prop was a real powerhouse through the middle for the Black and Whites and came away from the MKM Stadium with another man of the match award to add to his collection.

Bad day for

Hull FC. A third straight defeat means the pressure is building and Hull really are heading for a tense few weeks as they battle to remain in the top six.

The Black and Whites were never expected to win tonight, but another game falls by the wayside and with just eight left, they’re running out of time.

They’ll rest up over the week before taking on Warrington Wolves on Sunday and they’ll know they have to win in order to avoid dropping out of the play-off places altogether.

Teams

Hull FC: Connor Wynne; Bureta Faraimo, Cameron Scott, Mahe Fonua, Adam Swift; Josh Reynolds, Marc Sneyd; Chris Satae, Jordan Johnstone, Ligi Sao; Manu Ma’u, Jordan Lane; Joe Cator

Bench: Brad Fash, Jack Brown, Mitieli Vulikijapani, Ben McNamara

St Helens: Lachlan Coote; Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Jack Welsby; Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd; Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook; Joel Thompson, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles.

Bench: Matty Lees, Sione Mata’utia, Kyle Amor, Aaron Smith

Scorers

Hull

Tries: Swift, Faraimo

Goals: Sneyd (1/2)

St Helens

Tries: Thompson, Makinson, Welsby (3), Amor, Naiqama

Goals: Coote (6/10)