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London Broncos 29-22 Halifax

Andrew Henderson’s Broncos kept up their impressive start to the season by moving into second place in the Kingstone Press Championship after a timely victory over a Halifax side who seem to be faltering at the start of this season. It was the visitors who took the lead first thanks to prop forward Luke Ambler after eight minutes but London replied soon after courtesy of two tries from William Barthau. London had a 10-6 advantage after 20 minutes and were looking for more points to extend their lead. More points is exactly what they got when Rhys Williams made the most of lost possession by Halifax in their own half. Naiqama couldn’t convert the score. A response was needed from the visitors and they got just that when James Saltonstall latched on to a Ben Johnston kick. Steve Tyrer added the extras as Halifax went into the half-time break 14-10 behind. Richard Marshall’s Fax side got off to a perfect start in the second half as they regained their advantage as Scott Murrell touched down. Tyrer put his side two points ahead with the conversion. The next score became more important as the half went on and, with the hour mark fast approaching, Ben Hellewell crossed the Halifax try-line. Naiqama, once again, was off target and it proved costly five minutes later when Murrell powered over for his second try of the afternoon. A Tyrer conversion made it 22-18 to the visitors but the Broncos played a blinding final quarter to win the game. Nick Slyney muscled his way over the whitewash to level the score with ten minutes remaining and a change of kicker made all the difference as Scott Leatherbarrow converted. Then, a few minutes later, London furthered their lead through Williams but the conversion, which would have put two scores between the sides, wasn’t forthcoming. However, it didn’t matter in the end due to a Leatherbarrow drop goal putting the final nail into Halifax’s coffin.

Prediction – London by 8

Result – London by 7

I study Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland. Write about the Kingstone Press Championship for a few websites, as well as doing match reports and previews for Sheffield Eagles.

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