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Barrow Raiders suffer fourth straight defeat with pictures



FOUR games and four defeats does not look good on the Barrow resumé, but those watching at Craven Park last night saw Raiders’ best display of the season.

For 30 first-half minutes, they dominated Batley Bulldogs and only a blip before half-time that saw them concede three tires in 10 minutes condemned them to another loss.

The second half was a more even contest and Barrow had to hang on at the end to claim a bonus point, but the guts and skill on display in front of the Premier Sports TV cameras did not go unnoticed by a home crowd who vocally backed their side from beginning to end.

Raiders had the upper-hand in the opening stages, dominating play and not letting Batley out of their own half.

They forced mistakes and drove themselves into Bulldogs territory, showing patience that was lacking in the opening stages against Featherstone.

Their slow build-up paid off on the last tackle of a set when, instead of going for a kick to the in-goal area, Liam Campbell slung a fizzing pass wide to the left wing and Adam Clay ran 10 metres to score in the corner.

Raiders remained on top, forcing two drop-outs but were unable to turn their pressure into more points.

They were indebted to Campbell for stopping a Batley response as George Flanagan spotted three Raiders tacklers slow to get back to their mark and made a quick break from his own 40-metre line.

He got as far as the Barrow 10-metre line with three men in support, but paid too much attention to full-back Lee Haney in front of him and allowed Campbell to tackle him from behind, dislodge the ball and give the home side possession.

Raiders had pace in the break themselves, with Dan Toal sending Max Wiper on a crowd-heartening run down the left wing that took him to halfway and demonstrated again the danger they posed in attack.

The defence was solid too, Mike Whitehead and Andrew Dawson getting stuck into their front-row tackling duties with zeal.

After Tom Hemingway knocked on from a scrum, Barrow went close again as zippy passing went from Campbell to Liam Harrison, who superbly switched play back inside for the run of Haney.

The full-back took it, but lost the ball trying to go over the line.

Wiper did the same as he tried to burrow in from close range, with Barrow camped in the visitors’ half but without the point their endeavours deserved.

It seemed inevitable therefore that Batley would be the next team on the scoresheet and they found themselves there as a Hemingway break laid the foundations for Ben Black to slip out a pass that sent Alex Bretherton in by the posts.

From one substantial attack, and after Barrow had dominated the half, Batley now led 6-4.

What Raiders could not afford now was to let all their hard work go to waste, but they were in danger of doing just that as two more tries followed before half-time.

First Dan Fleming, from a standing start no more than two yards out, used his bulk to barge over as the defence napped for just a second.

Then the video referee played his part twice in quick succession as first he ruled a 40/20 kick from Hemingway and then ruled out obstruction as Danny Maun went in on the right.

A half they had controlled for the majority, ended with Barrow trailing 16-4.

The first penalties of the game went Batley’s way after the break and they almost went in as Ben Black was stopped short and Keegan Hirst knocked-on with the line gaping.

The home defence was still strong as they hit some hard tackles, but there was a lack of penetration in attack, with errors absent in the first half starting to creep into their game.

The same could be said of the Bulldogs though and the match approached the hour-mark with the chance it could still go either way.

It was from one of those Batley errors that Raiders scored as a knock-on allowed Barrow to build pressure and Campbell put in a cutting diagonal run that sliced the defence open and saw him in by the posts.

The hosts were cooking now and Andrew Dawson ran near-40 yards, scattering defenders and signalling intent.

Batley showed more than intent as they took advantage of Mike Backhouse moving in from the wing to execute a tackle by sending Greg Johnson in on his flank on the next play.

Barrow tried their hardest to close the gap, but a neat move involving Scott Kaighan, Backhouse and Chris Larkin which gained a lot of yards, ended with the latter’s kick to the in-goal area going dead.

Twice Kurt Haggerty threw blind passes, the second straight to Black, as Raiders lost their cool trying to hang on for a bonus point, only strong defence holding George Flanagan up over the line and pulling Hirst back.

But Barrow eventually stood firm and took the point on offer with their best display of the season so far.


Barrow Raiders Starting XIII: Lee Haney, Mike Backhouse, Chris Larkin, Max Wiper, Adam Clay, Scott Kaighan, Liam Campbell, Mike Whitehead, Nathan Mossop, Andrew Dawson, Liam Harrison, Kurt Haggerty Dan Toal.
Substitutes (all used): Liam Finch, Brad Brennan, Matthew Haggarty, Danny Jones.

Batley Bulldogs Starting XIII: Greg Johnson, Garth Potts, Jason Walton, Danny Maun, Johnny Campbell, Ben Black, Tom Hemmingway, Byron Smith, George Flanagan, Mark Applegarth, Alex Bretherton, John Davies, Ashley Lindsay.
Substitutes (all used): Paul Mennell, Keegan Hirst, Liam Walmsley, Dan Fleming.

Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow.

Attendance: 936.


SIX MINUTES: Adam Clay try, 4-0.
30 MINUTES: Alex Bretherton try, Tom Hemingway conversion, 4-6.
34 MINUTES: Dan Fleming try, Hemingway conversion, 4-12.
39 MINUTES: Danny Maun try, 4-16.
57 MINUTES: Liam Campbell try, Scott Kaighan conversion, 10-16.
64 MINUTES: Greg Johnson try, 10-20.

Have your say

the thing is most of these comments for the rugby & soccer spouting how wonderful they are how good there going to do is ridiculous i agree people should support who they want but A.F.C. & the raiders are`nt good enough an more they`ve both had there chances & missed the big time the soccer & rugby will never be in the big time again so all this building both teams up is a waste of time just watch the games you enjoy,& stop this we`ll win this or that it`s getting a bit silly now

Posted by paul on 28 February 2013 at 15:52

Grow up dan Payne.
Your contribution is pointless.
At least Cuffy has sense in his posts.
The raiders will come good but it will be next season back in championship 1 I'm afraid, management not up to it, players not cutting the mustard, going to long hard season.


Posted by Angus on 24 February 2013 at 18:55

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