London Broncos continued their impressive unbeaten home run as they dispatched of the Batley Bulldogs in a game they never really looked like losing.
Dewsbury, Halifax, Swinton, Featherstone have all fallen short on recent trips to the capital in the Kingstone Press Championship and Batley were no different as London began the game with real intensity.
Rhys Williams continued his impressive scoring form in the Championship, as he grabbed two tries within the opening five minutes.
Batley shortly responded and it was to be the only try they could offer all afternoon through Dave Scott. Ben Hellewell and Eddie Battye hit back for the Broncos just before halftime, as London began to click into gear with Batley only able to add a penalty kick to their points tally.
Shortly after the break French international William Barthau scored as the Broncos began to create some breathing space between themselves and the Bulldogs.
It was a good afternoon for Barthau as his short grubbers, high, spiralling bombs and quick thinking proved to be a constant thorn in the Batley side, as he was cheered on by visitors from his junior club, Grans.
His influence on the outcome certainly attracted the attention of the opposition as Batley’s Tom Lillycrop was sent off for a late and high tackle on the London halfback.
With London a man to the good they should probably have begun to turn the screw, but were unable to as Batley dug in and fought hard for the remaining thirty minutes.
London could only offer tries through the lively Elliot Kear and the industrious Mark Ioane as they appeared to ease off the gas in the last quarter of the game, something coach Andrew Henderson referred to in his post match press conference:
“I think we were guilty of putting the cue on the rack and I wanted the players, to keep the pressure on. Especially in that last quarter of an hour, our intensity dropped a little.
“We were miles better this week with the ball in hand” said Henderson whose side outscored Batley 7-1. “We played to our plan and we asked a lot of questions of Batley when we were in attack. I think the fans enjoyed it, and it was a good win for us.
“William Barthau had a good game and we’ve been working on his game management and especially with Jack Bussey there was maybe a bit more pressure on him today to lead us around”.
London Broncos: Kear, Williams, Hellewell, Eliab, Macani, Bussey, Barthau, Slyney, Cunningham, Ioane, Harrison, Garside, Foster I
Interchange: Ackers, Magrin, Offerdahl, Battye
London Tries: Williams (1,6), Hellewell (29) Battye (33) Barthau (45), Kear (60), Ioane (67)
London Goals: Barthau (2/6) Bussey (0/1)
Batley Bulldogs: Scott, Brown, Cowling, Squires, Ainscough, Southernwood, Brambani, Hirst, Blake, Gledhill, Day, Brotheton,Walker
Interchange: Davey, Chandler, Lillycrop, Brown
Batley Tries: Scott
Batley Goals: Walker (1/1)
Batley Penalty: Walker (1/1)
Batley Red Card: Lilycrop (51)