THE Broncos went top of the merit league following Saturday’s 10-try victory against Manchester Canalsiders.

Rugby league’s first ever LGBT rugby league side put up a spirited display, despite turning up with just 12 players. But the Broncos mercilessly put them to the sword in the opening stages, running in five tries in the first 20 minutes.

Bury were on the scoreboard before the visitors had even touched the ball as Jay Hardman barged over for his first try for the club. Matt Speake went over on the right for his first Broncos try on the very next set.

And prop forward Andy Carter touched down by the posts two minutes later for a try he then converted.

Mike Palin scooted over from dummy half for Bury’s fourth try before turning provider for Danny Holden five minutes later as his long pass gave the centre the space he needed to squeeze over in the corner.

Palin added the extras to put Bury 24-0 up with just a quarter of the game gone.

The Canalsiders fought back but further tries from Rob Russell, Jonathan Tindale and a second from Hardman rounded off Bury’s scoring for the half.

The Broncos bolstered the Canalsiders’ ranks with some of their own players, one of whom – Jonno Taylor – powered over to get the visitors on the score sheet.

Andy Carter powered over for a second try, this time for Canalsiders.

Fellow prop Mark Gray barged over for a brace on his Bury debut and Paul Kynaston crossed 10 minutes from time before Dean Watt’s long range finale sealed the Bury win.

Next up for the Broncos are Rochdale Cobras.

Other results U18s: Bury Broncos 64 Cadishead Rhinos 4. U14s: Bury Broncos 0 Bamber Bridge Bulldogs 18. U11s: Bury Broncos 34 Waterhead 30. U9s: Westhaugton 8 Bury Broncos 2.