A difficult start to the second half gave the London Broncos too much to do as they went down 24-28 to Hull FC.
There was little between the sides in the early exchanges, but it was Hull FC that took the lead after 10 minutes when a lapse in the Broncos’ defence allowed Bureto Faraimo to offload and send Josh Griffin over for his first of the afternoon. That lead lasted a matter of seconds though, as, in the return set, the Black and Whites knocked on allowing Elliot Kear to stroll in and level the scores, before a Kieran Dixon conversion put the Broncos ahead.
It was a half that continued to swing backwards and forwards. First, Griffin crossed again straight from a penalty in close range, before Eloi Pelissier squeezed over for the Broncos. It almost got better for the home side too, a great passing move almost sent Dixon over, but the winger couldn’t hold on to the final pass.
The hosts did manage to extend their lead before the break though. A late hit on Jordan Abdull from Scott Taylor handed Dixon a penalty just left of the sticks, which sent the sides into the break at 14-10.
The lead changed hands again after the restart, with the Broncos punished for a slow start to the second half as Hull FC crossed early on through Tuimavave. The home side struggled to contain the size of the Arlie Birds for a period as they scored three more unanswered tries through Jordan Thompson, Albert Kelly and Faraimo, which gave the Broncos a huge task in the final quarter.
It proved too much to come back from, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. Once the Broncos were able to enjoy good field position they began to edge their way back into the game. First, Abdull went over from dummy-half against his former club, and then a couple of smart offloads from Fozard and Kear opened up the wing for Rhys Williams to touch down and set up a nervy final few minutes.
The Broncos continued to press, and Dixon almost levelled late on but was stopped just short of the line, before a desperate final kick to Williams on the hooter was frantically dealt with by the visitors. In the end the Broncos gave themselves too much to do in the final stages to get their fourth win of the season.
Coach Danny Ward said; “It just took us too long, you say the right things at half time and come out and concede. We gave ourselves a real chance of kicking on, but the first 20 minutes of the second half we weren’t at the races which is disappointing. I knew the boys had it in them once they started playing and completing sets, and we could fight back, but did we deserve it? Probably not.”
London Broncos; Alex Walker, Kieran Dixon, Ryan Morgan, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams, Jordan Abdull, Morgan Smith, Eddie Battye, Eloit Pelissier, Rob Butler, Jay Pitts, Luke Yates, Matt Davis
Interchanges; Will Lovell, Matty Fozard, Greg Richards, Nathan Mason
Tryscorers: Kear, Pelissier, Abdull, Williams
Goals: Dixon 4/5
Hull FC; Jamie Shaul, Ratu Naulago, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Bureto Faraimo, Albert Kelly, Mark Sneyd, Mickey Paea, Danny Houghton, Masimbaashe Matongo, Dean Hadley, Villami Manu, Gareth Ellis
Interchanges; Jordan Thompson, Scott Taylor, Jordan Lane, Jez Litten
Tryscores: Griffin (x2), Tuimavave, Thompson, Kelly, Faraimo
Goals: Sneyd 2/6