London Broncos made it two wins from two on Sunday in a 36 – 20 win against a fighting Whitehaven side at Trailfinders Sports club.
In dreadful weather conditions all thanks to Storm Ciara the game went ahead in main due to the 4g pitch. The flags in the ground were perpendicular but the game went ahead as planned.
The Broncos got off to a steady start but it was the visitors who would draw first blood as a penalty from James Newton flew between the uprights and the lead was at two points to nil after eight minutes.
Errors were strewn all over the place as the rain hammered down and handling was very difficult but on 21 minutes the ball went out wide to Josh Walters who went down the line and scored in the corner. The kick was converted by Kieran Dixon and the hosts led by six points to two.
Within four minutes the Broncos were in again as Tuoyo Egodo broke down the left wing and over for his first of the season and for London Broncos. Dixon missed the kick in the wind and the score remained 10 points to two.
The visitors were having the best of the first half and got right back into it on 32 minutes when Thomas Walker found the gap and was over for the try. James Newton converted and the visitors had closed the gap to Ten points to eight.
On 35 minutes the Broncos were reduced to 12 men when Rob Butler was shown a yellow for contact with a face in the scrum and from that the visitors made their advantage pay as Ellis Gillam drove over for the third Whitehaven try of the game. Newton again added the extras and as the hooter went the Broncos trailed by 14 points to 10.
Will Lovell led his men back onto the field knowing only a big second half would do but as the kick off was spilled the upperhand went straight back to the visitors.
Within two minutes the ball had been spilled and Whitehaven were over again through Callum Phillips to stretch the gap even further.Newton again converted and the visitors led by 20 points to 10.
It was at this point that the Broncos turned up the heat and with tries from Egodo again on 48 minutes and Jacob Ogden on 51 minutes the gap was down to two and the hosts were in the driving seat with impetus on their side.
The Broncos went ahead on the hour mark as Matty Fozard ended off a break from Josh Walters to score behind the posts. Dixon converted and the Broncos led again.
70 minutes cam around and despite some great attacking play from the visitors the Broncos were over again as Daniel Hindmarsh got on the score sheet. Dixon converted and the Broncos had moved further in front.
Dixon converted four times throughout the game and was on the score sheet as a try scorer too, on 78 minutes when he danced through the line and over. He converted his own try and on the final hooter the Broncos had made it two from two.
Head Coach Danny Ward said, A massive credit to a very good Whitehaven side here today. We weren’t on it at all in the first half and this week may have been uglier than last to be honest. We have a lot to fix up before next weekend.”