Wakefield Wildcats fight back to defeat London Broncos

New Wakefield Wildcats head coach James Webster
New Wakefield Wildcats head coach James Webster

New Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach James Webster enjoyed a winning start to his reign thanks to an 18-10 victory over London Broncos at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium but his team had to fight back from behind.

Trinity went into the game with new loan signing Tim Smith at scrum-half and desperate to get the two points against First Utility Super League bottom side Broncos but the hosts trailed until 17 minutes from time.

The heavens opened as Broncos kicked off and both sides struggled to keep hold of the ball but a slick pass from Tim Smith put skipper Danny Kirmond over for the opening try on 10 minutes.

However, London stunned the home crowd with two quick-fire tries midway through the first half.

First, Macani touched-down after both Wakefield failed to hold onto the ball in front of goal, Josh Drinkwater converting, and two minutes later, the visitors broke forward and Thomas Minns was on hand to score on the right to make it 10-4.

Wakefield continued to struggle to hold onto the ball and London took advantage, pinning the hosts back for the rest of the half.

Home fans within the crowd of 4,079 voiced their disapproval at the break and the hosts were improved in the second half but handling errors continued to dog them despite their territorial advantage.

On the hour, Matt Ryan picked up Drinkwater’s kick and burst upfield only to be caught by Drinkwater on the half-way line but two minutes later another break on the left wing resulted in Daniel Smith crossing under the posts.

Sykes added the easy goal to level the scores and he was on target again with 11 minutes left, punishing an offside penalty to grab the two points.

The hosts made sure of the win with five minutes left when Matt Ryan touched-down and Sykes added the goal to make it 18-10.