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Barrow Raiders claim vital Workington victory: with video highlights

Barrow Raiders v Workington
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BARROW Raiders finally came good in a Cumbrian derby when it mattered most.

After disappointment home and away against Whitehaven and a second-half capitulation to Workington at Derwent Park, Barrow saw off Town at Craven Park to claim three vital points in the Championship relegation battle.

With the two sides below them in the table – York and Hunslet – facing off and one guaranteed to overtake them if they lost, Raiders made it back-to-back home wins and with it climbed to fourth-bottom, two points off the drop zone.

With Hunslet facing the top two, Sheffield and York, in their remaining fixtures and Barrow travelling to Swinton in their next game, this was a victory that means they could be safe by Thursday, the Lions having lost in the dying seconds at Doncaster.

There was nothing so close about affairs in Furness where, despite a tight first half and a nervy start to the second, Raiders were deserved and convincing winners.

Just as it had against Halifax two weeks ago in their memorable 26-12 triumph, Barrow’s defence stood up and produced the goods against the West Cumbrians this time, only a couple of slips allowing their visitors to remain in contention for as long as they did.

And in switching on-loan hooker Anthony Nicholson to half-back, returning coach Darren Holt pulled a rabbit out of the hat – the shaven-headed stand-off controlling the game with his kicking and showing a resolute determination in defence.

Along with fellow loan signing Ben Hellewell, again on form at full-back and causing Barrow to be thankful parent club Featherstone did not field him for their under-20s in midweek, Nicholson demonstrated the astuteness of Raiders’ loan signings, each playing key roles in securing the three points, even if only Hellewell’s name showed up on the scoresheet.

The first man to be marked down in the record books was Max Wiper, who claimed try number one on six minutes, eventually collecting a grubber from captain Liam Harrison that bounced off the centre’s knees before he was able to ground it.

Twice Harrison almost had Wiper away for a second as he went for the offload in a tackle, but on both occasions the ball went to ground and Town took possession.

The visitors were looking the more likely when they attacked and they drew level when Danny Craven chipped over the defence and Hellewell was beaten to a bouncing ball by Shaun Briscoe.

Barrow pushed back, but after Andrew Dawson – with his first touch since coming on from the bench – was halted as he drove for the posts, Town quickly broke.

Catching Raiders short of numbers on their right flank, Declan Hulme escaped past Aaron Low, but was brought down by Nicholson, who chased back with real intent.

The rest of the line was not so quick and a chip over the ragged defence was followed through by Craven, who collected and dived in for four points by the posts.

Town’s lead did not last long as Wiper scored his second, this time Adam Clay patting back a perfectly-placed lofted kick from Nicholson into his centre’s path and the in-form ex-Whitehaven man doing the rest.

Very quickly it was 16-12 to the home side as Nathan Mossop made a break from 30 yards out and parted to Kurt Haggerty. He was brought down five yards short of the line, but Mossop spread the play down the blind-side from dummy half and Hellewell threw a cut-out pass into the waiting hands of Low, who finished off.

Both Andy Morris and Brett Phillips were stopped by the strong Barrow defence as Workington looked to hit back before the break, and it was the home side who scored the final points of the half.

They came from Haggerty’s boot, as he stroked over a penalty from 35 yards out earned when Brett Carter became a little carried away in pushing back Liam Campbell after being tackled and sent him to the ground, his recent training with members of the UFC applied at the wrong moment.

Town did not waste time in drawing level in the second half as Hulme ripped the ball out from Dean McGilvray just inside his own half and romped away to score, the Barrow defence flummoxed by the turn of events and merely watching him go.

It looked as though things might go Workington’s way, but the home defence was really on song, resisting the pressure applied following two conceded penalties and holding up Brett Phillips over the line at the end of it.

The defence held and turned the tables on Town, Nicholson’s great grubber to the corner forcing a drop-out as Paddy Flynn only just beat McGilvray to it.

The last tackle of the subsequent set saw Nicholson hang another superb kick to the right corner, where McGilvray leapt to claim the ball and came down in bounds to ground it.

Millomite Peter Lupton could not get on the end of a Craven kick at the other end to bring his side back on terms and instead Barrow finally created daylight between the teams as Dan Toal broke from 40 yards out, dummied a pass to Nicholson and instead went himself, beating Briscoe and running in.

Barrow’s defence withstood pressure from Town to pull back into the game, even when knocking on and then conceding a penalty for three back-to-back sets.

Harrison stopped Jarrad Stack short and then helped hold up Jamie Thackray and the match was won when Hellewell took a misplaced Craven kick from the base of a scrum 65 yards out and went all the way through the visiting defence to cap the victory.

Barrow can now head to Swinton on Thursday knowing three points there will all but guarantee them Championship rugby next season.

They will need another display like this one to do so, but have the ability to take their own destiny in their hands and run with it.


Have your say

Faith, patience, putting those bad days behind you.... It's the end of the season that counts; not the first few matches. Another step towards staying put in this division.

Still a long way to go, but the light down the end of the tunnel is now visible. Great stuff BRFL.

Posted by Keith Nichols on 19 August 2013 at 12:19

I am very dissapointed that there is Keyboard Warriorism located on this from those bitter fans down the road, great win from barrow yesterday and this hoefully spells another 6 derbys next season. Well done to Barrow for there win but I can only but laugh at the Leigh result and no doubt excuses to previal. all these games we have played this month and still above Whitehaven. That shows the top team in cumbria. The league doesnt lie.

Posted by Workington Town Supporter Home/Away on 19 August 2013 at 12:07

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