Bradford survive Swinton fightback for fourth straight win

Bradford survive Swinton fightback for fourth straight win

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Bradford Bulls survived a late comeback to beat Swinton Lions 23-22 at Heywood Road.

The Lions took the lead after just four minutes. Nico Rizzelli managed to get in in the corner for his second try in two games since joining on loan from St Helens. Martyn Ridyard missed the conversion, meaning their lead stood at four points.

Bradford were able to hit back just before the 20-minute mark.Thomas Doyle was able to spot a gap and get over. Danny Brough scored the conversion to edge the Bulls ahead by two points.

The Bulls went further ahead just before the half-hour. Brandon Pickersgill broke free and David Foggin-Johnston was in support to score the try. Brough scored the conversion to extend their lead to eight points.

Bradford managed a third try just before the break. Pickersgill broke free again and put Brough away to score. Brough added the conversion.

However, Swinton got themselves back into it before the hooter. Luis Roberts managed to get through and score under the posts. Ridyard converted to leave eight points in it at half-time.

Eight minutes into the second half, Bradford extended their lead. Pickersgill this time was in support of the break to get a try for himself. Brough missed the conversion attempt.

Swinton’s cause was not helped when Luke Waterworth was sin binned, leaving them down to 12.

Just past the hour, Bradford moved to take control of the match. Jordan Lilley added a drop-goal to take them three scores in front.

However, the Lions were not done and claimed their second try with 11 minutes to go, as Rhodri Lloyd took in a pass from Rizelli to score. Ridyard scored the conversion.

The hosts threatened to make it really interesting as they went back-to-back. Jack Hansen stepped around the defence to finish off a break. Ridyard converted to leave a point in it.

However, they could not find that extra score, and Bradford could celebrate a fourth straight victory. Both sides return to action next Monday. Bradford host Newcastle Thunder, while Swinton welcome Dewsbury Rams.

Swinton Lions: Geronimo Doyle, Mike Butt, Mitch Cox, Nico Rizzelli, Luis Roberts, Martyn Ridyard, Jack Hansen, Louis Brogan, Luke Waterworth, Sam Luckley, Rhodri Lloyd, Deane Meadows, Will Hope.

Subs: Paul Nash, Billy Brickhill, Sam Brooks, Tom Spencer.

Head Coach: Stuart Littler.

Bradford Bulls: Brandon Pickersgill, Joe Brown, Rhys Evans, Ross Oakes, David Foggin-Johnston, Danny Brough, Jordan Lilley, Ben Evans, Thomas Doyle, Steve Crossley, Brad Gallagher, Aaron Murphy, Dan Fleming.

Subs: Joe Burton, Ebon Scurr, Adam Rooks, Anthony Walker.

Head Coach: John Kear.

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Steven Hughes

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