As the match got underway, strong attacking and defensive sets from both sides built the intensity, despite a missed kick for touch from the Broncos. Widnes were looking more than likely to score, but some poor skill let the Broncos off the hook.
The Broncos immediately flipped the momentum, scoring the first try of the game through Rob Butler. Widnes hit back straight away, with Jordan Johnstone slicing through London’s defence.
Only moments later, however, Matt Davies’ efforts put the Broncos back in front.
Both sides went set for set for the next 15 minutes of the game, which resulted in one too many penalties from Widnes, sending one of their middle men to the sin bin.
This left the momentum in London’s hands, until Widnes’ Jack Houghton levelled the scores, despite London being mostly in possession of the ball.
Mere minutes later, Widnes crossed again for their third of the match, when Keenan Brand went over the white wash to make the scores 12-16 at half time.
The second half started in Widnes’ favour, scoring the first try of the second 40 when Olly Ashall ran 60 metres to score under the uprights, despite great defensive efforts from the Broncos.
Widnes were in again shortly after, when fancy footwork from Connor Cutts allowed him to go under the sticks as well.
With the score sitting at 12-28, Broncos were on the hunt to find something to get them back in the game. Eventually, they got it – a great intercept from young James Meadows, who then ran 40 metres to score.
With only a short amount of time left and the score at 28-16, London were really trying to get something from the game. Five minutes out, Kam Pearce-Paul went over, and with the gap now at six points (22-28) the game was left in Broncos hands.
Unfortunately, a dangerous tackle right by their own line saw Widnes slot over the 2 points to seal the win.
You can see the Broncos U19s in action this Saturday 12 March at Ealing Trailfinders, when they take on the Huddersfield Giants at 12pm.
London Broncos: Fredd Dodd, Gideon Boafa, Tuoyo Egodo, Kam Pearce-Paul, Callum Whitcombe, James Meadows, Dan Wellden, Callum Bustin, Matt Davies, Sadiq Adebiyi, Rob Butler, Jordan Williams, Mitch Stone
Interchange: George Moore, Dan Hindmarsh, Rhys Joel, Max Savage
Tries: Butler (8), Davies (17), Meadows (63), Pearce-Paul (75)
Goals: Wellden 3/4
Widnes Vikings: Olly Ashall, Nathan Holbrook, Keenan Brand, Ross Webster, Ryan Ince, Joe Lyons, Jordan Johnstone, Owen Farnworth, Danny Walker, Connor Cutts, Jack Houghton, Liam Walsh, Brad Walker
Interchange: Josh Houghton, Louis Glover, Pat McCarroll, Brad Walker
Tries: Johnstone (13), Houghton (32), Brand (37), Ashall (48), Cutts (52)
Goals: Walker 3/3, Johnstone 2/3