Radford wary of Saints threat

Hull FC boss Lee Radford has challenged his players to continue their recent run when they face play-off rivals St Helens on Friday (Match Betting – St Helens 4/7, Draw 20/1, Hull 6/4).

The Airlie Birds have won on their last three outings, a run that has included a victory over Leeds to book their place in the Challenge Cup final for the second straight year.

Friday saw them beat Salford 32-18 to leave them third in the table and on course for a play-off spot.

However, competition remains high, with only three points separating the Humbersiders (7/2 Grand Final outright) and sixth-place Wakefield in the Betfred Super League.

Radford takes his troops to Merseyside this week to take on the team directly below them, St Helens.

Following a mixed start to the year, Saints are coming along nicely under Justin Holbrook and a win will see them draw level with Radford’s men.

At this stage of the season, every point counts in the race for Old Trafford and the 38-year-old is under no illusion as to how important the trip across the Pennies could prove.

With their opponents in good form, Radford has challenged his players to rise to the occasion and further boost their hopes of a top four finish.

“St Helens are playing really well – you only have to take a look at their recent form to discover that,” he said.

“Every game is a four-pointer because when you lose, you’re almost giving someone else two points and when you win, you’re getting away from the chasing pack.

“They’re hot on our heels, so we need to make sure we can get the two points on Friday night to ensure we can bridge a gap between ourselves and Saints.”

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