London Broncos opened their pre-season friendlies with a trip to Brantingham Park to face Hull FC
Danny Ward took a 21 man squad to face the Black and Whites in their first run out of 2020 looking to see how his new squad would gel as a unit. With the new Championship on the horizon Ward named his strongest lineup possible as the hosts featured a raft of their SuperLeague squad.
The Broncos fielded new signings Olly Ashall-Bott, Dan Norman, Rhys Curran, Josh Walters, Cory Aston and Touyo Egodo along with Rian Horsman who has moved up from our Academy and Josh Hodson was called up from the Reserves.
Hull FC started on the front foot with big pressure from their forwards but London coped until on four minutes a knock on from the visitors led to the ball going out wide down the Hull FC left and to Naulago who touched down for the first try.
Sneyd missed the kick short in the wind but the hosts led 4 – 0.
Sets were exchanged as Hull put more pressure on the London line but we held out and a good break from Curran and the pass out to Egodo could have produced but came to nothing.
Then on 16 minutes following a penalty to London the ball came out Adebiyi via Meadows and the Nigerian Captain was over for the first London try of 2020. Dixon converted and the visitors led 4 – 6.
London were more than holding their own and on 20 minutes a great tackle from Dixon on his try line saved a certain try.
It was not to last however as on 28 minutes London missed a couple of tackles and there was Naulago going over to score his second of the day. Sneyd again missed the kick and the hosts now led 8 – 6.
Hull were to score again on 32 minutes as their debutant Ligi Sao managed to dance his way through the Broncos defence to score behind the posts and when Sneyd converted the gap was out to 14 – 6.
Only 5 minutes later and with the clock ticking down Myers took the ball and won the foot race to score in the corner. Sneyd again obliged with the conversion and as the hooter went the hosts led by 20 points to six.
The Broncos came out with a different purpose in the second half and looked the more like scoring in what turned out to be a scoreless second half.
Chances went begging for Egodo & Meadows who were both judged to have knocked on as the ball was grounded. Battye, Butler and Norman were all held up over the line and the visitors forced 5 dropouts.
Danny Ward took some heart from the second half performance from the visitors.
Ward said, “It was good to see the boys back out there again and get some minutes in their legs. I felt we weren’t good enough in that first half and have things to fix up but on the positive side keeping them scoreless in the second half was a good effort.”