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Barrow Raiders humiliated by Featherstone: with pictures and video

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BARROW Raiders hit rock-bottom and kept on sinking with a lamentable display against Featherstone.

The foot of the Championship table came up to meet them as they shipped in 60 points with the worst display Craven Park has seen in many years.

They deserve to be nowhere else after shipping 11 tries to a Rovers side who went through their paces and never had to break a sweat, Barrow gifting them possession and points with a listless effort.

Effort may be too kind a word – certainly for those masses who walked away from Hindpool long before the final hooter, despairing at what they had seen and the potential consequences for the relegation fight.

Certainly the defence seemed to have taken an unscheduled summer holiday as they allowed Featherstone through at will – whether as a result of needless penalties, foolish errors or downright ineptitude – the latter on show far too often as Rovers players waltzed through at will to score.

What message does this send to the Barrow support, when the team they faithfully follow through thick and thin look as though they have better things to do on a Sunday afternoon than fill their blue and white shirts with pride?

None of the 17 men who were in the squad for yesterday’s game will ever want to be reminded of it again. They should be, to make sure there is never a repeat.

The coaching staff too have some serious questions to answer, having come up with a game plan which proved entirely ineffective and failing to resolve the problems at half-time – Liam Campbell’s brief spark of hope as he scored aside.

In short, no-one from Barrow came out of these 80 minutes with credit and they each have a big road ahead of them to redemption.

The writing was on the wall early on as Dan Toal conceded a penalty for holding down well into the tackle count and Rovers took advantage.

Smooth passing and incisive running – neither were needed as a huge gap opened up in front of Andy Kain and he happily walked through it as the Barrow defence laid down the red carpet.

No further scores came for the next 24 minutes, but Raiders offered little to suggest it would be they who would break through.

James Dandy was hit hard by a shoulder charge from Vince Mellors that referee Gareth Hewer missed and which sparked a brawl that will surely see some charges after the RFL review the incident, which was placed on report.

Campbell did put a kick to the corner for Adam Clay, which seemed perfectly placed, but which the winger could not ground as he tumbled over and went dead.

A penalty for back-chat against Max Wiper and Liam Finch after the former was pushed into touch by Will Sharp gave Rovers a second try, this time Andy Bostock strolling through between the posts, the defence somewhere between weak and non-existent. More missed tackles allowed Ian Hardman in and – after Danny Jones left the field with a nasty cut just above his left ear – Sharp rounded off the half with his first of the afternoon from acting half-back on the right corner flag.

A 22-0 margin at half-time was not insurmountable and there came hope for Barrow as a break from Jack Spencer two minutes into the period paved the way for the supporting Campbell to go over.

That was as good as it got, however.

Soon Rovers were on the attack and – while Matty Dale was lucky to received a penalty for ripping out when he tried an ambitious offload – they deservedly responded as ex-Raider Andy Ellis put Bostock in for his second by the posts.

Tries now came at regular intervals, Sharp finishing off a flowing move to the right and – after Brad Brennan was held up over the line when he had support who could have walked in – Lamont Bryan beating flapping tackles on the same flank.

A fine break, started by Kain and involving Vince Mellors and Sharp before Kain put Liam Finn clear, created the try of the match and Sharpe completed his hat-trick after Rovers kept the ball alive well.

They took that to the next level for the move which sent Mellors in for his score and Bryan finished the scoring as the defence again evaporated in front of him.

A brief bout of fisticuffs which saw Ruairi McGoff and Bryan sin-binned on the hooter – Finn kicking a penalty for the last action of the game – brought an end to proceedings.

Rovers left Craven Park with three points and wondering where the typically tough Cumbrian reception had gone.

Barrow left wondering much the same thing and knowing this is the kind of display which will see them relegated. No more, or that prospect will become a reality.



Have your say

Holt has lost the dressing room (if he ever had it) he may well have been a decent player but a coach, no sorry

Posted by M Higham on 25 June 2013 at 09:37

They need to get a coach the players respect..this cant carry on there is going to be no fans left. First time ive seen fans wall out before last whistle including me..we were all proud end of last season this season we walk away from a away games ashamed to be barrovian

Posted by kyrie on 24 June 2013 at 19:10

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