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Champions Featherstone rip Raiders apart



BARROW Raiders suffered a huge defeat at Featherstone as the league leaders went to town with an emphatic 13-try display.

The hosts – assured of their place at the top of the table – controlled the game from the outset, with Zak Hardaker scoring twice within the first 10 minutes.

Tommy Saxton, Ross Divorty and Tim Spears all added their names to the scoresheet in the first 21 minutes as Rovers led 26-0.

Liam Campbell pulled a try back for Barrow, but Andy Kain and Matty Dale soon responded to put Featherstone 38-6 in front at the break.

The second half followed a similar pattern, Liam Welham opening things up and Dale adding his second before Campbell did the same for Barrow.

Tony Tonks powered in and Ben Kaye was gifted his first try for Rovers by Hardaker, before Andreas Bauer landed Barrow’s third of the afternoon.

Sam Smeaton and Liam Finn the final touches of what was a true demolition, before Andy Bracek scored on the hooter.

Caretaker coach Dave Clark named a much-changed Barrow Raiders side for the final Championship game at league shield winners Featherstone.

There was a first-team debut for Ulverston winger Marc Dixon, who impressed so much in the now-folded reserves team earlier this year.

Forward Ruairi McGoff also came in for his first appearance of the season, having spent much of the campaign on loan at Workington.

With Gary Broadbent starting from the bench, Andy Ballard switched to full-back to accommodate Dixon, while Liam Campbell returned from injury in place of the absent Jamie Rooney in the half-backs and Richard Fletcher also made his return.

There was no Keal Carlile or Anthony Blackwood – the two on-loan players being rested ahead of the first round of the play-offs against Widnes in two weeks time.

Featherstone, however, named a full-strength team, with Kyle Briggs returning in the half-backs as they looked to end the season on a high on the day there were presented with the league leaders’ shield.

Featherstone Rovers Starting XIII: Ian Hardman, Tom Saxton, Sam Smeaton, Liam Welham, Zak Hardaker, Kyle Briggs, Liam Finn, Tony Tonks, Ben Kaye, Stuart Dickens, Tim Spears, Jamie Field, Matty Dale.
Substitutes: Andy Kain, Dane Manning, Jon Grayshon, Ross Divorty.

Barrow Raiders Starting XIII: Andy Ballard, Marc Dixon, Andreas Bauer, Liam Harrison, Chris Larkin, James Coyle, Liam Campbell, Jamie Butler, Nathan Mossop, Ruairi McGoff, Michael Knowles, Paul Noone, Richard Fletcher.
Substitutes: Andy Bracek, Martin Ostler, Gary Broadbent, Brett McDermott.

Referee: Craig Halloran (Batley).

Attendance: 2,073.


FIVE MINUTES: Zak Hardaker try, 4-0.
NINE MINUTES: Hardaker try, 8-0.
13 MINUTES: Tommy Saxton try, Kyle Briggs conversion, 14-0.
18 MINUTES: Ross Divorty try, Briggs conversion, 20-0.
21 MINUTES: Tim Spears try, Briggs conversion, 26-0.
29 MINUTES: Liam Campbell try, Andy Ballard conversion, 26-6.
36 MINUTES: Andy Kain try, Briggs conversion, 32-6.
38 MINUTES: Matty Dale try, Briggs conversion, 38-6.
44 MINUTES: Liam Welham try, Briggs conversion, 44-6.
52 MINUTES: Dale try, 48-6.
59 MINUTES: Campbell try, Ballard conversion, 48-12.
61 MINUTES: Tony Tonks try, Briggs conversion, 54-12.
63 MINUTES: Ben Kaye try, Briggs conversion, 60-12.
73 MINUTES: Andreas Bauer try, 60-16.
75 MINUTES: Sam Smeaton try, Liam Finn conversion, 66-16.
77 MINUTES: Finn try and conversion, 72-16.
80 MINUTES: Andy Bracek try, 72-20.

Have your say

Whats wrong with you pair of you idiots ?? BARROW RAIDERS & BARROW AFC both represent the town of BARROW-IN-FURNESS at different sports so why the pathetic rivalry I couldn't understand it when I lived in the town... I support both teams is that wrong get a life boys....and start cheering on both teams to victory.

Posted by Greg Rose on 23 August 2010 at 22:36

1100 at Barrow AFC's 2nd home game of the season on a nice sunny afternoon against top opposition.
1800 at Craven Park at Barrow RL's last home game on a wednesday night on the back of a dreadful run !!!!!
Say no more..............

Posted by R Payne on 23 August 2010 at 11:00

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