09 Apr 18
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Broncos lose ground on top three.

Broncos slipped to another defeat on Sunday at the hands of Halifax as the hosts came from behind at the MBi Shay Stadium.
Three tries in the final seven minutes of the first-half saw the hosts take control and lead 20-10 at the break before both sides exchanged scores in the second period.
After a cagey first ten minutes, London showed their attacking qualities with the opening try as a fantastic offload, whilst under the challenge of two defenders, from Ben Hellewell put winger Rhys Williams in to touch down in the corner.
Jarrod Sammut converted with the kick from a tight angle and we were up six points to nil.
Halifax were reduced to 12 men on 16 minutes when Moore was shown a yellow card for dissent but London could not break down the Halifax defence despite having three sets of six in their opponents half.
Halifax made the most of a penalty on their own 40 metre line and Johnston ran to the corner on the last tackle before setting up Tyrer to score the hosts first try of the contest in the corner in the 21st minute. Tyrer missed the conversion and we led six points to 4.
Things started getting heated halfway through the half  as Ben Johnston held down Api Pewhairangi who disapproved and after the ensuing melee both men were sent to the sin bin to cool down.
London Broncos moved further in front on 29 minutes when a Dixon interception led to a great breakaway move involving Dixon himself , Alex Walker and finally finshing off the move was Elliot Kear touching down in the corner for four more points. Sammut missed the kick but the visitors were 10 – 4 ahead.
Halifax sprang into life at this point and after tries from Grady(33), Grix(36) and McGrath(40) and a conversion and a penalty from Tyrer London heard the hooter finding themselves 20 – 10 behind.
Halifax came out for the second half clearly on the high from the first and within five minutes had gone further in front through the impressive Tyrer who converted his own try to take a 26 – 10 lead.
London gave themselves a chance to comeback as Will Lovell charged over on 68 minutes and Dixon converted to put the Broncos just ten points behind with less than ten minutes to play.

Had Api Pewhairangi’s offload to Alex Walker, on 72 minutes, been taken the fullback would have been through to bring us even closer and set up a grandstand finish but alas the ball was knocked on and the hooter put paid to any thoughts of the win.

London Broncos will be smarting from this loss and will need to be strong as they face another game away from home on Friday as they travel to Rochdale to try and turn the slump around.

Halifax RLFC: Sharp, McGrath, Tyrer, Butler, Saltonstall; Murrell, Johnston; Douglas, Moore, Maher; Grady, Grix, Jacob Fairbank
Subs: E Morris, Jones, Fleming, Green

Tries: Tyrer (22’, 45’), Grady (33’), Grix (36’), McGrath (40’)
Goals: Tyrer (4/6)
Sin Bins: Moore (16’), Johnston (25’)

London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Kear, Hellewell, Williams; Pewhairangi, Sammut; Spencer, Cunningham, Bienek; Lovell, Pitts, M Davis
Subs: S Davis, Battye, Butler, Adebiyi

Tries: Williams (9’), Kear (29’), Lovell (68’)
Goals: Sammut (1/2), Dixon (1/1)
Sin Bins: Pewhairangi (25’)