In a season of highs and lows London Broncos were relegated to the BetFred Championship following the 19 – 10 defeat at the hands of Wakefield Trinity at Belle Vue on Friday 13th September.
The Broncos came in looking for that one vital win to keep them safe in Super League for the 2020 season.
The game started nervously, which was to be expected, but it was Wakefield who were to open the scoring on 13 minutes . A penalty was awarded for obstruction and Danny Brough stepped up to take the two points.
A minute later and the Broncos were given a penalty of their own just to the left of the posts but Dixon missed wide and the narrow lead still stood.
On 17 minutes a deft chip over the Wakefield line saw Dixon attempt to get the ball down but it was knocked dead and the chance had gone.
Wakefield were over the line on 20 minutes but referee Hicks sent it upstairs and James Child ruled no try.
Only three minutes later and Wakefield were over again. It again went upstairs but this time the try stood as Ryan Hampshire scored for the hosts. Brough converted and the hosts led by eight points to nil.
The game continued to flow back and forth until on 38 minutes Ryan Morgan went over the line but the pass from Walker was adjudged to have gone forward and at the hooter the visitors trailed 8 – 0.
The Broncos came back out knowing the next 40 minutes were the biggest of their season and a big hot from Abdull on Miller showed their intent from the get go.
Their pressure was short lived however as Hampshire scored his second try on 45 minutes and when Brough converted the lead was out to 14 points.
Dixon had a difficult chance on 52 minutes as he raced through but could not get the touch for the try.
Wakefield went straight down the other end and the kick from Danny Brough was pinpoint as Reece Lyne went over for the third try of the night with Brough missing the conversion.
With 67 minutes on the clock Brough, whose kicking game was excellent all night, dropped the one pointer and the Broncos found themselves 19 points down with 23 minutes left to play.
Finally on 71 minutes London got themselves onto the scoreboard as Alex Walker scored out wide. Dixon missed the conversion and the clock continued to tick down.
Ryan Hampshire saw yellow on 79 minutes for holding down after a good break from London and from the ensuing penalty Brock Lamb weaved over for his third try of the year. Dixon converted to narrow the gap but as the hooter went Wakefield had sealed London’s fate and the capital side had been relegated.
Head Coach Danny Ward said, “I think it was one too far for the boys. Wakefield were very good and kicked us to death. They made us play off of our own line. Obviously the boys are devastated but its been a great experience for us all. We have had some massive performances and hopefully we have proved the quality there is down south.”
LONDON BRONCOS :- Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Lamb, Battye, Cunningham, Butler, Pitts, Gee, Yates
INTERCHANGES :- Lovell, Fozard, Mason, Hindmarsh
TRIES :- Walker, Lamb
GOALS :- Dixon 1/3
WAKEFIELD TRINITY :- Escare, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Atkins, Hampshire, Miller, Brough, Kopczak, Randall, Tangata, Kirmond, Tanginoa, Crowther
INTERCHANGES:- Wood, King, Arundel, Green
TRIES :- Hampshire x 2, Lyne
GOALS :- Brough 3/4
DROP GOAL :- Brough