Super League: Bradford Bulls edge out fellow strugglers London Broncos
Last Updated: 02/03/14 5:35pm
Bradford Bulls moved onto minus two points for the season after a 25-12 win over London Broncos at Odsal, making it back-to-back wins for Francis Cummins' men.
Luke Gale, Adam Sidlow, Danny Addy and Tom Olbison all crossed over as the Bulls outscored their fellow Super League strugglers London by four tries to two.
Thomas Minns and James Cunningham touched down for the Broncos, who fielded four debutants including new half-back pairing of Ben Farrah and Josh Drinkwater.
The Bulls were docked six points in midweek after entering administration for the second time and, while they remain bottom of the table, are now only two points behind Tony Rea's Broncos.
The visitors fell behind when Addy and Adrian Purtell combined to set Jamie Foster free down the left wing for the supporting Gale, a former Broncos player, to score beside the posts. Foster easily added the first of his four conversions.
The Broncos were further handicapped when Tonga full-back Nesiasi Mataitonga went off injured shortly afterwards and then Mason Caton-Brown was treated for some time on the pitch before also being helped groggily to the sidelines.
Yet the Barnet-based Londoners went close when James Duckworth, the last-minute replacement for centre Jordan Atkins, was denied by a knock-on while fielding a diagonal kick into the corner.
Double their advantage
Warrington loanee Danny Bridge was held up for the Bulls before Sidlow crashed onto a Matt Diskin reverse pass to help double the home side's advantage.
The Broncos hit back swiftly when Minns, on a season-long loan from Leeds, chased a Scott Moore kick into the corner and Drinkwater converted.
Just before the break Luke George dived bravely within inches after some deft handling through the Bradford ranks but suffered a heavy knock in the process and was also forced to leave the field of play.
The half almost finished in farce as Moore took advantage of Brett Kearney's slip to race towards the whitewash, only to slide over himself before what seemed a certain try.
As both sides continued to come up with frequent errors a scrappy second half remained pointless until just after the hour-mark, when James Donaldson broke clear from 40 metres out and Addy was up to score and restore the Bulls' 12-point advantage.
Bradford could have sealed things moments later but Diskin dropped a scoring pass from strong-running Olbison and the home team had other chances before Foster fumbled a Moore bomb and Cunningham pounced to give London hope.
But Gale landed a drop goal and Olbison added a well-earned try a minute from time as the Bulls clung on to what might prove to be two priceless points in their attempts to defy the improbable and avoid relegation despite their hefty points handicap.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2014, round three
Hull KR centre Kris Welham has been charged with a grade A offence of head-butting Castleford full-back Luke Dorn.
Catalan Dragons hooker Ian Henderson has been ruled out for up to three months with a broken forearm.
Lee Radford was left to reflect on his side's poor first-half showing as Hull went down 18-16 at Warrington.
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