A nearly 900 strong crowd braved freezing temperatures to roar London’s top club to victory with 18 year old James Meadows putting on a stellar performance and taking Man of the Match. Although the 18 year old is without a sponsor, he will no doubt have impressed today and be a key part of the Broncos 2018 campaign.
New coach Danny Ward said: “He looks like he has been playing 10 years at the top, not a lad playing his debut. I’m very pleased we got the win and got the job done.”
Not a man to rest on his laurels, Danny said he was disappointed the Raiders got a consolation try right at the death but was happy the game was “in the bag” early so he could change things up and give other players a run out.
Following a few early exchanges, Broncos were the first to draw blood and take control running away to a 12-0 lead with tries from, the debutant, Meadows and Rhys Williams.
But battling Barrow refused to lie down with Dallimore scoring a converted try to worry Broncos 10 minutes before half time.
Just as the hooter approached, Daniel Harrison powered his way over and with the ever reliable Jarrod Sammut conversion, Broncos went in 18-6 to the good.
The freezing and gusty conditions didn’t stop Broncos displaying some first class ball skills with James Cunningham breaking through the Raiders defence to hand off to Kieran Dixon being one of the highlights of the 80 minutes and following a great move from Meadows and an Eddie Battye side step the Sheffield born Prop put the game beyond doubt early in the second half but that didn’t stop tempers boiling over on a few occasions with both teams showing real passion and determination.
Sammut added his name to the try scorers along with Ioane, Cunningham, Davis and Walker all keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
But newly promoted Raiders never gave up and Ryan Fieldhouse rewarded the visitors by grabbing a deserved try right at the death.
Broncos will take a lot from the game and with an average squad age of 25 and Danny Ward showing faith in some exciting young talent they have set their stall for promotion to super league this season.
The next game is away on the 11th February when the side visit Dewsbury Rams
TRIES: Meadows, Williams, Harrison, Dixon, Battye, Ioane, Cunningham, Davis and Walker
GOALS: Sammut 8/10
BARROW RAIDERS 12
TRIES: Dallimore, Fieldhouse
GOALS: Charnock 2/2
Man Of The Match :- James Meadows