A Charlie Gamble hat-trick and an outstanding second half, which included 40 unanswered points, saw the London Broncos U19s run out convincing winners against Widnes Vikings at the Halton Stadium.
Despite running out 62-10 winners when the teams met in the capital, the visitors were immediately on the backfoot. Widnes crossed with their first set of the match, with Oliver Brookes touching down, and almost doubled their lead with the second. That chance was pulled back for a forward pass, with that reprieve allowing the Broncos to grab an early score of their own as Gamble got his first of the afternoon from close range.
Much of the first half proved to be a tight contest between the sides, with the lead changing hands thanks to tries from Rory Gray for the Broncos and Fenlon for the Vikings, but a few lapses proved costly for the visitors. The Vikings’ were punishing through the middle and took advantage of space around the ruck to extend their advantage to 22-12 at the break.
Despite the tight first half. within minutes of the restart the game was completely turned on its head . With the Broncos’ opening chance with the ball, they hit back when Jamie Humphreys went over from dummy half, and then Max Clarke soon powered his way through the line before giving Gamble his second of the afternoon and put the visitors into the lead.
And once the Broncos got in front the result never looked in doubt, thanks also to strong performances with the boot from Rob Oakley (4/4) and Rian Horsman (4/5).
Gamble soon found an overlap on the wings before backing himself and grabbing his third of the afternoon. This was followed by a stream of confident attacking from the Broncos, Leyland then ran on the last before connecting with Kai Pearce-Paul to send Joel Fosuhene Gray over. Second tries were soon forthcoming for both Humphreys, thanks to a weaving run from Gamble, and Fosuhene Gray, who scored an outrageous 80m effort that caught the Widnes defence napping.
Leyland soon grabbed one of his own after supporting a break from Oakley, which brought the 50 up for the Broncos and rounded off one of the side’s strongest performances of the season.
The Broncos next play away to Castleford Tigers on 29th June.
Widnes Vikings U19: Liam Barnes, Niall Smith, Billy Glover, Olly Brookes, Lewis Talbot, Tony Fenlon, Lewis Else, Calum O’Neill, Jake Burns, Dec Baker, Jordan Brown, Connor Burgess, Ben Davies. Subs – Ciaran O’Donnell, Brad Calland, Robbie Ascroft, Alfie Cassidy.
London Broncos U19: Charlie Gamble, Alfie Edwards, Max Clarke, Josh Hodson, Teddy Davidson, Oliver Leyland, Rian Horsman, Chris Gale, Robert Oakley, Adam Green, Chris Ball, Kai Pearce-Paul, Rory Gray. Subs – Jamie Humphreys, Delaine Bedward, Will Budd, Joel Fosuhene-Gray.