London Broncos’ scholarship side went down 24-18 away at Newcastle Thunder on a frustrating afternoon on Tyneside.
Head coach Colin Baker named a more inexperienced side for the trip, and maybe those factors explained a slow start for the visitors who quickly went 10-0 down thanks to two tries from Newcastle’s Ciaran Walker.
Soon though the Broncos began to pull themselves back into the game, first through Bill Leyland and Femi Sanya who proved difficult to stop from close range. Two conversion from Alistair Reed meant the visitors took the lead. The Broncos had been rewarded for their work to fight back, but a few costly errors meant they couldn’t push on further.
Newcastle threatened with the ball, but some solid goal-line defence held the home side out for four consecutive sets. Ulitmately the Broncos’ couldn;’t turnover the ball over, and Kinloch made the pressure pay and took the sides into the break 16-12 in Thunder’s favour.
The second half proved to be a tighter affair, but the Broncos struggled to gain much territory against a Thunder side that was much-improved from their game last month.
Then a sinbinning for Reed for kicking the ball away proved to be a final blow. Immediately after the card was shown Thunder went in, before then further extending their advantage to 24-12 before Reed returned.
From there the Broncos had too much to do. The visitors were able to show what they’re capable of, as Rhys Cotter found space to narrow the gap to 24-18 but it proved too little too late.
The scholarship side next play away at St Helens on 20th April.