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Barrow Raiders boss Holt won't class Swinton as 'must-win' clash

THE importance of Sunday’s clash with Swinton is not lost on Raiders coach Darren Holt – but he is refusing to class the game as ‘must-win’.

Barrow take on the Lions at Craven Park knowing victory will lift them up the Championship table and out of the drop zone.

Raiders have won only twice in the league from 11 games so far this season and sit just a point above bottom-placed Doncaster in the standings – the South Yorkshire side having a game in hand.

Swinton have struggled equally as badly, with three victories from their 10 games, and Sunday’s match may well prove crucial come the end of the season when relegation is decided.

But Holt, whose side have beaten Dewsbury and York in two of their last three homes matches, is refusing to place too much emphasis on the result against the Lions and said: “I don’t buy into calling it the biggest game of the season.

“I understand it is a very important game, but it is no different from any other home game.

“At the start of the year, we identified the home games as being key and we didn’t get off to the best of starts in poor conditions in a game we should have won against Doncaster.

“There’s Whitehaven as well – those are two games we should have won.

“Following that, we have beaten York and we have beaten Dewsbury at home and we’ve got Swinton coming down this weekend, so we’ve got to be looking at winning this game to follow on from what our goals were at the start of the season.

“It is a key game, there’s no getting around it, I just don’t buy into this scenario whereby it’s a must-win game. It’s still a long season, a lot of teams will take points off a lot of other teams.

“I understand why people are saying it is a must-win game and it would obviously be nice to get three points, with them being down there with us.

“It might be a kick-on for us, but it’s certainly not the be-all and end-all.”

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