London Broncos held off a late Bulldogs charge to claim a 25-18 victory at the Hive in the Kingstone Press Championship on Easter Monday.
Late Batley tries from Wayne Reittie and two from Sean Hesketh weren’t enough against a London Broncos side unbeaten at home in four.
Broncos scored two tries in the opening 12 minutes to y set the tone for the first half. Matt Garside galloped over the line before Daniel Harrison did the same. Fijian international Wes Naiqama converted both. Elliot Minchella shifted the ball to the grateful Ben Hellewell to score, and youngster Oscar Thomas converted before half-time.
Hesketh scored his first try in the second half only for Broncos to restore their advantage five minutes later with a try from Minchella on home debut. On 71 minutes Bulldogs recorded their second try through Reittie. Hesketh’s second try set up a frantic last five minutes but Thomas’ last minute drop goal dashed hopes of a Batley revival.
London: Ben Hellewell, Rhys Williams, Ben Farrar, Wes Naiqama, Iliess Macani, Joe Keyes, Oscar Thomas, Rhys Lovegrove, Brad Dwyer, Dave Williams, Daniel Harrison, Matt Garside. Elliot Minchella. Subs: Ray Nasso, Jamie Thackray, Erjon Dollapi, Toby Everett
Batley: Jordan Grayston, Wayne Reittie, Brad Hey, Alex Bretherson, Shaun Ainscough, Cain Southerwood, Alistair Leak, Keegan Hirst, Luke Blake, Alex Rowe, Sam Scott, Tom Thackray, Lee Mitchell. Subs: Anthony Nicholson, Adam Gledhill, Sean Hesketh, Lee Mitchell.
Referee: Andy Sweet.