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London Broncos v Bradford Bulls

🏉 London Broncos welcome Bradford Bulls to the Cherry Red Records Stadium in Round 7 of the Betfred Championship.  For ticket information see below.

A new home for a new season, London Broncos have moved to AFC Wimbledon’s new stadium to launch a bright new era at the club.  Now settling in at Plough Lane – known as the Cherry Red Records Stadium – London’s sole representative in the Championship are looking to build a brand new audience for rugby league in the Wimbledon area to complement their existing support.  A home crowd of 5000 within three years is the aim.

This afternoon London Broncos welcome Bradford Bulls to Plough Lane with the hosts looking for their first win at their new home.  And the signs are promising after Broncos last home fixture when they pulled back a 16-point deficit against York City Knights, scoring three tries in the last 20 minutes, only to lose by the narrowest of 24-26 margins.

It’s just two years since the Broncos were last in the Super League.  A rollercoaster season featured some memorable victories – including an 18-16 win over reigning champions Wigan Warriors and one of the shocks of the season when beating top of the table St Helens 23-22 with a golden-point drop-goal – but ultimately the Broncos suffered an agonising relegation from the top tier of rugby league; despite having amassed a points tally that would have seen them comfortably safe in most seasons.

London Broncos christened their new home with the visit of Widnes Vikings at the end of January.  The hosts suffered a 12-34 reverse and are still looking for their first win in the league with COVID-19 isolation rules and then injuries having caused a big headache for head coach Jermaine Coleman. 

The Broncos are currently thirteenth in the table but speaking after the aforementiond defeat to York City Knights, Coleman was in upbeat mood saying: “The game was a learning curve, particularly as the players on the pitch only trained together as a unit for the first time on Saturday morning.  But our week-on-week improvement is clear to see, which I am really pleased about.

“Realistically, I believe we did enough to win the game.  But York capitalised on our mistakes and scored two clinical tries which came from our errors in poor parts of the field.  Our discipline wasn’t quite there, but the effort certainly was.  The more time the spine of our team gets to spend with each other, the more dangerous we will become.”

And Coleman’s positivity looked spot on last Saturday as Broncos battled back at Barrow to secure a 18-18 draw and with it their first point of the Championship season. 

Can London Broncos get the ‘W’ at the Cherry Red Records Stadium or will Bradford Bulls head home from south-west London with the points?  All roads lead to Wimbledon this afternoon to find out. 

Photo: London Broncos

👀 One to watch: Dean Parata.  The Broncos hooker (pictured above) touched down with a brace of tries against York City Knights to keep London Broncos in the game.  The Australian will be looking for a repeat performance this afternoon and a different result. 

🕒 Match starts at 3pm.

🎟️ Tickets are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: The Cherry Red Records stadium is well served by public transport links.  Earlsfield Station (connected by trains to Waterloo and the South West), Haydons Road (Thameslink and Southern trains to the South Coast, Central London and Hertfordshire) and Tooting Broadway (tube station on the Northern Line) all within walking distance.  In addition a number of bus services run along Garratt Lane between Earlsfield and Tooting Broadway, while the 493 bus runs from Wimbledon Train Station directly outside Plough Lane Stadium.  There are limited parking options available around the ground, hence where possible supporters are advised to travel by public transport.

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