06 Mar 16
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Broncos remain unbeaten at Trailfinders

Half-backs Scott Leatherbarrow and William Barthau both played vital roles as London Broncos made it two home wins from two at the Trailfinders Sports Club.

Halifax were the visitors and they played some attractive rugby league throughout, as they earned the first score of the match through Luke Ambler.

Broncos hit back as Barthau skipped over for two tries within the space of five minutes.Welsh international Rhys Williams also got in on the act as he miraculously stayed in the field of play to touch down for his first of the afternoon.

Halifax who travelled in good numbers, rallied tremendously as James Saltonstall raced away for the visitors to close the gap.

Their skipper Scott Murrell was at the heart of everything they did well, and he earned them two tries as they sneaked into the lead.

Ben Hellewell hit back for London after a lethargic start to the second half and the home side began to up the ante.

Nick Slyney was next to score after he burrowed over from close range. He was man of the match as he led from the front in attack and defence.

Struggling with his kicking duties, skipper Wes Naiqama opted to hand the kicking tee to Scott Leatherbarrow who duly slotted the conversion.

With the lead in their favour, the Broncos grew in confidence. Barthau showing great vision, faked to pass wide. Instead, putting in a well-weighted kick he found the hands of Williams who pinched the ball out of the air to score.

With less than a minute remaining London made great inroads into the Fax defence, before Leatherbarrow stepped up and dropped a goal to put the game beyond the visitors.

And with four wins from five Broncos have reasons to be cheerful: “That’s something we’ve worked really hard towards in pre-season and we wanted to get off to a good start” said Broncos head coach Andrew Henderson.

“We copped a lot of criticism last year as a club & as a team – but it’s a different club & it’s a different team this year. I’ve said it before – this team, this year, there’s a different attitude. There’s a different steel and resilience within it and we’re building nicely towards the Dewsbury game”.

London Broncos: Alex Walker, Rhys Williams, Ben Hellewell, Wes Naiqama, Elliot Kear, William Barthau, Scott Leatherbarrow, Nick Slyney, James Cunningham, Mark Ioane, Alex Foster, Matt Garside, Jack Bussey.

Interchange: Matt Davis, Daniel Harrison, Mark Offerdahl, Eddie Battye

Tries: Barthau (13, 17), Williams (26,76) Hellewell (57) Slyney (69)
Goals: Naiqama (1/4)  Leatherbarrow (1/2)
Drop Goal: Leatherbarrow (78)

Halifax: Ben Johnston, Will Sharp, Sam Smeaton, Steve Tyrer, James Saltonstall, Gareth Moore, Scott Murrell, Mitch Cahalane, Ben Kaye, Luke Ambler, Dane Manning, Gavin Bennion, Jacob Fairbank.

Interchange: Adam Tangata, Ryan Maneely, Richard Moore, Adam Robinson

Tries: Ambler (8), Saltonstall (31), Murrell (43, 63)