Barrow Raiders fall to Whitehaven defeat with pictures and video
Last updated at 16:22, Monday, 18 March 2013
BARROW Raiders were unable to make it back-to-back wins as a later Whitehaven flurry saw them claim victory at Craven Park.
KINGSTONE PRESS RL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT
BARROW RAIDERS 20 WHITEHAVEN 30
RAIDERS old boy Jamie Rooney was given the freedom of Craven Park and he made Barrow pay a high price as Haven destroyed hopes of a second win in a row.
Haven coach Dave Woods singled out the ex-Barrow favourite for special mention after his side clawed their way back that kept the Raiders rooted in the relegation zone of the Kingstone Press Championship.
“Rooney was outstanding today with his kicking game that kept turning Barrow around and in the end that was what won us the match,” said Woods.
On an afternoon that Darren Holt described as the low point of the season, Barrow surrendered a winning lead in the final quarter of an untidy, error-filled game. Far too many players had a collective off-day and from 20-10 ahead early in the second half they eventually folded to a side showing more desire.
It was a sign of things to come when Haven went into a seventh minute lead – the direct result of the first of Barrow handling errors. Sean Casey’s pass never quite made it to Liam Harrison and Scott McAvoy was free to break away for the opening try. Rooney kicked the goal.
It was only six minutes later when it looked as though Barrow had discovered a new double act – Harrison breaking away to send Casey down the left flank to go over in the corner.
But Craven Park fans have learned not to get too excited too soon and when Lee Haney, under no pressure, fumbled the ball in front of his own posts, it was the signal for Haven’s second try, half-backs Rooney and Cam Southernwood combining to send second row forward Lee Doran over. Rooney’s conversion attempt hit a post.
If there was a time in the game when Barrow fans spirits were lifted, it came midway through the first half with two tries in as many minutes, both the product of that blossoming Casey-Harrison duet. It was stand-off Casey’s short pass to the Raiders skipper that ripped a hole in the Haven defence and Harrison went on one of his powerful runs. There was no stopping him and two minutes later he repeated the punishment – an almost identical move that brought Harrison his second try and Barrow a deserved 16-10 half-time lead.
A week ago, Barrow destroyed Dewsbury with a blistering second half performance and when second row man Kurt Haggerty increased the lead with his fourth try in two games two minutes after the break, the home fans in the 1,214 crowd were rubbing their hands in anticipation of a repeat performance.
It did not take long to such bright ideas to fade. The half was only five minutes old when Craig Calvert outran the home defence to cut the margin back to six points and the Barrow nerves were beginning to show.
Enter Rooney, with a series of clever kicks that first Haney and then Liam Campbell had to diffuse, although there was no respite from the pressure when Adam Clay lost possession near the home line. For all their hard work and vigorous tackling, something had to give and Jesse Joe Parker will never score an easier try than when the effects of a long stint of defensive work finally caught up with the Barrow defence in the 53rd minute.
The loss of Casey with an ankle injury meant a re-shuffle for Barrow, who were still two points ahead at this stage. But they couldn’t hold on and two James Newton tries in the closing minutes – the second from that inexcusable failure to cover a play-the-ball at the line, sealed Barrow’s fate.
Haven coach Woods was thrilled by the win – “coming to Barrow is always a difficult place but the players stuck to what they did best and it paid off.”
His opposite number was not quite as complimentary about his own players...
Barrow Raiders Starting XIII: Lee Haney, Chris Larkin, Aaron Low, Max Wiper, Adam Clay, Sean Casey, Liam Campbell, Andrew Dawson, Liam Finch, Jamie Butler, Liam Harrison, Kurt Haggerty, Danny Jones.
Substitutes (all used): Nathan Mossop, Brad Brennan, Jack Soencer, Dan Toal.
Whitehaven Starting XIII: Neil Thorman, James Cameron, Jessie-Joe Parker, Scott McAvoy, Craig Calvert, Jamie Rooney, Cam Southernwood, Dave Houghton, James Newton, Paul Jackson, Lee Doran, Danny Barker, Lee Patterson.
Substitutes (all used): Carl Sice, Rodney Pora, Seb Martins, Brad Crellin.
Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow.
SEVEN MINUTES: Scott McAvoy try, Jamie Rooney conversion, 0-6.
13 MINUTES: Sean Casey try, 4-6.
17 MINUTES: Lee Doran try, 4-10.
22 MINUTES: Liam Harrison try, Casey conversion, 10-10.
24 MINUTES: Harrison try, Casey conversion, 16-10.
42 MINUTES: Kurt Haggerty try, 20-10.
45 MINUTES: Craig Calvert try, 20-14.
53 MINUTES: Jessie-Joe Parker try, 20-18.
73 MINUTES: James Newton try Rooney conversion, 20-24.
76 MINUTES: Newton try, Rooney conversion, 20-30.
First published at 09:31, Monday, 18 March 2013
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Barrow need 8 good players if they want to compete in this division,The local lads i'm afraid are just not up to this higher level,
what does everyone expect after the mess the club was left in for Barrow to even be going as a club after the mess it was left in is a a result in itself let alone playing in the second tier of Rugby League yes its hard to see the team getting beat every week but I'd rather have a Barrow Rugby League club to watch when I can than not at all
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