London Broncos U19 side managed to pick up their second win of the season, despite playing much of the second half with 12 men, beating Castleford Tigers 30-20.
Following their first win in their last outing away at Newcastle Thunder, the Broncos managed to see off the Tigers thanks largely to a dominant first half.
It was a tough start for the home side, as Castleford took the lead through a Josef Fella try before the Broncos had a chance with the ball, their sole touch coming as they were penned in goal.
But the Broncos didn’t take long to take to hit back. Alfie Edwards got a quick brace to put London into the lead, and from then on, the home side looked in control. They completed well and some smart kicking meant repeat sets meant the side spent the majority of the first period deep in the Tigers’ half.
That pressure soon turned into more points. Charlie Gamble found space to breeze over, before Adam Green forced his way through the Tigers’ defence. There was still more to come, as Oliver Leyland dabbed a neat kick past the defence before collecting to touch down as the sides went into the break at 24-6.
The second half proved a tougher test. Early on the Broncos were reduced to 12, after Rian Horsman saw red for a dangerous tackle with the ref deeming he’d lifted the Tigers player beyond the horizontal.
It was London who responded well after tensions briefly boiled over, with Hodson and Pearce-Paul linking-up for a great break before Leyland was able to touch down for his second.
As the game progressed, the momentum gradually shifted away from the hosts, however. First, Bradley Jinks went over for the visitors, as they followed up with two more unanswered tries to put the Broncos onto the backfoot.
Ultimately the cushion built in the first half was enough for the home side, as they managed to see out the win 30-20.