London Broncos rounded off their pre-season friendlies with a hard fought win over Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 27th January winning by 20 points to 0.
Head Coach Danny Ward took his men north to try to continue where they had left off in the 64-6 win over Doncaster RLFC only seven days before.
The plight of Leigh Centurions had been well documented over the past few months but new Head Coach, John Duffy, had put together a very strong squad capturing the signings of Ridyard, Bracek, Thornley and Spencer to name but a few.
The first half was an arm wrestle from start to finish with both sides being put on team warnings by Referee Hicks with both Batchelor, for Leigh, and Richards for London seeing yellow within the first 30 minutes.
The deadlock was finally broken when Jordan Abdull hung a kick high in the swirling wind and as the ball bounced it was James Cunningham who chased the hardest and touch down for the try. Abdull converted and at the halftime hooter the single score was the difference.
The second half started almost in the same way as the first but London started to exert pressure and within a minute of coming on Sadiq Adebiyi took a pass from Fozard at dummy half and had crashed over for his second try in as many games.
Six minutes later more good play from London saw a great ball from Cunningham taken by the on rushing Yates who scored his first try for the club.
Leigh did not, at any point, lie down and but for tremendous defence from Fleming, Dixon and Morgan could well have narrowed the gap but it was the visitors who kept at the task and on 73 minutes the ball was moved along the line to Rhys Williams to score in the corner the Capital sides fourth try of the day.
Danny Ward will take heart from the display away from home as the Broncos now move onto the visit of Wakefield Trinity in their first Super League match since 2014.
Ward said, ” We are buzzing to be back in Super League this year as we worked hard to get there and look forward to getting started now. The new boys are great blokes and players too and have fitted in really well. It was great to come away to a tough place like this and get the win today.”
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Leigh Centurions:- Gregg McNally; Jonny Pownall, Matt Costello, Iain Thornley, Stefan Marsh; Martyn Ridyard, Josh Woods; Tom Spencer, Micky Higham, Sam Brooks, Toby Adamson, Andy Thornley, Luke Adamson.
Interchange: Oliver Russell, Joe Cator, Andy Bracek, Nick Gregson, Dec O’Donnell, Mitch Cox, Ben Sims, Joe Batchelor, Louis Brogan, Josh Eaves.
Yellow Cards :- Batchelor, Eaves
London Broncos:- 17-Matt Fleming, 5-Kieran Dixon, 19-Ryan Morgan, 4-Elliot Kear, 2-Rhys Williams, 6-Jordan Abdull, 7-James Cunningham, 18-Nathan Mason, 9-Eloi Pelissier, 15-Greg Richards, 12-Jay Pitts, 16-Matt Gee, 20-Luke Yates.
Interchange: 8-Eddie Battye, 10-Mark Ioane, 14-Matty Fozard, 11-Will Lovell, 28-Morgan Smith, 13-Sadiq Adebiyi.
Yellow Card :- Richards
Tries: Cunningham (35), Adebiyi (49), Yates (55), Williams (73).
Goals: Abdull 1/ 1, Dixon 1/ 3.