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Amazing comeback as Barrow Raiders beat Dewsbury with pictures and video

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WE’VE been told it was coming. We’ve been told they had it in them.

At the sixth time of asking Barrow Raiders opened their top drawer and pulled from it a performance of the highest quality to leave Craven Park buzzing and earn them a first win of the Championship campaign.

All season, Darren Holt has insisted his side have it in them to compete with the big boys in the division, but patience was running thin on the terraces as defeat followed defeat.

It looked like another one was on the cards here, as they fell 22-0 in little more than half-an-hour and looked on course for a similar beating to those dished out by Hunslet and Featherstone already this season.

For the first 30 minutes, they had given away the ball all too easily, and spent long periods camped on their own line trying desperately to hold out and failing on several occasions.

But things started to change four minutes before the break when full-back Lee Haney – himself responsible for gifting the Rams one of their four first-half tries – took the ball inside his own half and galloped through a gap that wasn’t there.

He was brought down by a superb Dale Morton tackle, but the Barrow players’ ears had pricked up and something was under way.

Liam Campbell forced a drop-out with a clever kick to the corner at the end of the set and then Raiders attacked again until, on the last tackle, Kurt Haggerty – so prolific in pre-season near the whitewash – dabbed a kick that came back off the legs of a Rams man and back into his hands to score.

It gave some cheer before the break for a home crowd who had spent the majority of the opening 40 minutes spouting vile and vitriol at a side they deemed to be performing way below acceptable standards.

They did not know what was coming, but they may have had some idea when Brad Brennan came out for the second half and fairly rolled through the Dewsbury defence, leaving players scattered.

Minutes later, the same man was there to take a pass 10 yards out and push through three men, roll over the line and ground by the posts.

They kept on coming – they would do relentlessly for the next half-hour – and the points kept coming as well, the next try seeing Campbell feed Danny Jones and the forward showing size does not always matter in the pack and he powered in from close-range. A 22-point deficit had been cut to just four and it was fitting the man to hand them the lead – and with it score his 100th Barrow try – was skipper Liam Harrison.

It came after some superb intuition from half-back Sean Casey – whose kicking boot was also exemplary on the day.

With Harrison on his inside, Casey feigned to pass, only to hold on and wait for the second-rower to cross to the outside before feeding him the ball.

The defence was carved open and Harrison stormed through before showing a sublime sidestep past full-back Dale Morton on his way to a century for his home town club.

The ground was well and truly rocking now and things got even better as, on the last tackle of the next set, Campbell put in a grubber and Haggerty ran through after it, catching it with his toe and knocking it into the in-goal area, where he half-dived, half-fell on top of the ball for his second of the afternoon.

Everything was coming up Barrow and the Rams made it even harder work for themselves when Karl Pryce saw red for coming in late and with his elbow on an already-tackled Campbell. A man down, the visitors were soon three scores behind as well and Haggerty completed his hat-trick by collecting a Casey grubber kick by the posts and grounding in style.

There were still 16 minutes remaining, but the game and the scoring was done by now, the crowd left breathless by what they had just witnessed as Raiders denied Dewsbury even a bonus point.

What odds would you have got on that an hour earlier, when the Rams raced into the lead?

Aaron Brown went in off a Lucas Walshaw break for their first and Jy-Mel Coleman added a second as Mike Whitehead saw his charge-down of a kick unluckily fall to a Rams man.

Haney fumbled a Coleman kick several times to gift Jamaine Akaidere his score and Pryce then finished off a passing move on the right to put them 22-0 in front.

It was all one-way traffic, but something happened when Haney took the ball and made 25 yards, something wonderful, and the hope is the momentum is carried forward into the rest of a Championship season that no longer looks quite so gloomy.


Have your say

gobbins/scruffy.Why are you so paranoid?

Posted by captain bluebirdseye on 18 March 2013 at 11:33

Cuffy,we all know it's you,same spelling mistakes,same grammatical errors,same way of writing etc.Big yawns.

Posted by captain bluebirdseye on 17 March 2013 at 14:57

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