When Marc Sneyd steps off the Hull FC team coach and walks through the DW Stadium reception, memories will come flooding back.
He’ll walk down the corridor, past the media room and place his bag down in the changing room before heading out to assess a field he made on history last season.
Almost 12 months ago to the day, Sneyd was the man that delivered the match winning drop goal to settle Super League’s first ever game to go to golden point extra time, a result which also ended the FC’s 13-game losing streak.
It was Oliver Gildart who ensured the game would go to sudden death, scoring a try in the 79th minute of a game which Hull had led for the most part. But as soon as the whistle blew for golden point, things fell neatly into FC’s hands.
Joe Bullock was the man who committed the sin of giving away the penalty which allowed Hull to enter field goal range and when Sneyd received the ball in the middle there was only going to be one outcome, cue pandemonium.
“It wasn’t comfortable at all on the bottom of a pile up, I was just happy to come out of there without passing out if I’m honest,” Sneyd grinned as he allowed his memory to drift back to that mild afternoon in Greater Manchester.
“I remember those big moments, someone made a break and then we hit a region and that was it. As soon as those moments come up and those golden points, that’s the excitement, you know people are going to go through it.
“When they go over, you saw the excitement last year, it’s outstanding and I think we needed that win more than any other. It got our season started.
“We were struggling and crying out for a competitive win so to get it in the way we did, obviously we only get two points, but it felt like we’d won six points in that game. We desperately needed that win and we were chuffed to bits with it.”
There will be no room for misty-eyed nostalgia this time around, though. The images of elation that crop up in Sneyd’s mind must be put to one side.
The Black and Whites have another job to do at Wigan and it was made all the bigger by last week’s defeat to St Helens.
It was the first setback of the 2020 season, after an impressive start to the campaign, and Sneyd believes it was the reality check they needed after getting carried away with their own hype after the first couple of rounds.
“It’s taught us a few lessons and it’s brought us down to earth,” the half-back said.
“After the first two games from the outside looking in we were put up and I think a few of us tried to ride that wave and it came crashing down.
“We’ve tried really well this week and we’ll be looking to jump back on it this week.
“It was a good advertisement for how you need to go against big teams.
“We’re far from our best, in them first two games even though we won, we were far from our best in them.
“We have still got a decent way to go but the good thing is we’re being able to pick up wins without, the more games that come around, the better we’ll click and the more the combinations will get better and it will become more fluent and we should be alright come the year.”
They’ll certainly be hoping they can produce a more fluent performance this time around as they head to the home of the Warriors to face a team who many were tipping to be Grand Final contenders before the start of the season.
So how do Hull beat Wigan?
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“We have to match them if not do better,” he said.
“I think our middles have got a job to do but I’m fairly confident our middles can do a job on theirs.
“Off the back of that just bringing players into play that need to be on the ball, (Josh) Jones, (Josh) Griffin, just get them on the ball and let them have a run. Griff is bumping people off for fun this year so we need to use him and Jonesy is similar.”