Will Lovell thanked London Broncos’ fanbase for their support following the return of crowds to the Trailfinders Sports Club for the first time in more than a year. 

The Broncos were in Betfred Championship action at home to Bradford Bulls, who left the capital with two league points after a ruthless display earned them an 8-33 win. 

Club captain Lovell was disappointed the Broncos were unable to extend an unbeaten streak against the in-form Bulls. But said the squad are now focused on eighth-placed Dewsbury’s visit this Sunday (3pm). 

Lovell said: “We’re disappointed with the result, particularly after such an encouraging win at Batley last weekend. 

“Bradford executed their game plan well and we were unable to match them. Playing at this level is highly competitive and no games are handed to you on a plate. We were simply beaten by the better team on the day. 

“We’ve now got to re-group and focus our energy on another important game at home to Dewsbury this Sunday where we have the opportunity to get back on track. 

“Consistency is the key to any successful team, that is what we are chasing right now.” 

In line with the Government’s lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions we welcomed some supporters back on Sunday, for the first time since March 1, 2020. 

Although the matchday experience remains different, Lovell said having supporters back pitch side provided everyone at the club with a great boost. 

“Having fans back was fantastic and it was great to see so many faces after what has been an extraordinarily tough year for many people,” said Lovell. “Our fanbase is at the heart of the club and playing behind closed doors was simply not the same. 

“We hoped to use supporters’ return to our advantage and everyone in the dressing room was disappointed about the result. We were quick to remind ourselves that this weekend presents a fresh opportunity to correct ourselves and I expect training to be at a very high intensity throughout the week. 

“Team spirit remains strong, and our fans can always inject that extra bit of energy into the legs when it is needed most. A result this against Dewsbury is what we’re all collectively focused on right now.” 

To read a full match report from Sunday’s game, click here. 

Tickets for this Sunday’s Betfred Championship fixture at home to Dewsbury are available to purchase here.