Wakefield Trinity U19 6-8 London Broncos U19
London Broncos’ U19 side managed to run out 8-6 winners after a tight game in difficult conditions.
In the first game of an academy double header at Belle Vue, points were hard to come by as both sides struggled to gain an upper hand.
It was Trinity who started slightly stronger than the visitors but wasn’t able to take advantage of the time spent in the Broncos 20 meters.
As expected in a tie between two teams neck-and-neck in the table, the sides were evenly matched although the Broncos did begin to take control of the game towards the end of the first half.
Their confidence in the Trinity half was evident when despite the bad weather they opted to run penalties rather than taking two points, and eventually it paid off.
There was a sense it would have taken something special to break the deadlock, and eventually it came from the visitors. From his own half Alfie Edwards found space on the wing and was able to hold off the chasing Trinity defenders, before offloading to Jonah Varela who was able to touch down under the sticks.
That score was the only of the first period, as the sides went into the break 6-0 up.
After the break, the game continued in the same manner, with a tight battle that lacked many clear-cut chances. The home side once again started strongly, but the Broncos will be pleased that they never seriously threatened the tryline
The Broncos remained in control of the game, but they struggled to put the game completely beyond doubt. There was a great chance with a passing move out wide seeing Gamble and Edwards put the side into good field position, but the execution on the next play was lacking.
It wasn’t until the closing stages that London could start to breathe a little easier after a penalty from Rian Horsman turned the contest into a two-score game.
There was still some fight in Trinity, who scored through Lewis Teale late on, but it was little more than consolation as the Broncos’ charge towards the play-offs continued.
As well as leap-frogging Wakefield in the table, the Broncos’ 9th win of the year also means they have won more games this year than in any of the past five seasons and move up to sixth in the table only one point outside the playoff places– and with five games still left to play.
After the game, U19 coach Huw Goodwin said, “It was torrential rain for most of the game and the boys defended very well in those conditions. It was a shame to concede at the end but other than that it was a smarter performance than we’ve recently produced”