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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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Raiders edged by Wigan in McDermott testimonial

BARROW Raiders found a young Wigan Warriors side just too much as they went down to a narrow defeat in Brett McDermott’s testimonial.


Barrow Raiders 24 Wigan Warriors 32

Barrow were on the back foot for much of the first half as they trailed 26-6 at the break.

It was a fine start for Barrow as Marc Dixon scored his first try in Raiders colours, but soon the visitors were on top.

Four tries in the space of 11 minutes had them well on top as guile on their part, some slack defending on Barrow’s and a poor call on a forward pass saw Jonny Walker, Josh Charnley, Matthew Russel and Jamie Acton cross to make it 20-6.

Ryan King added a further score on 36 minutes as Barrow failed to find a way of keeping them out.

Charnley added his second 10 minutes into the second half as the Warriors continued to dominate, before Barrow hit back finally as Jamie Butler scored by the posts.

This was soon followed by Jamie Thackray barging over to close the gap to 32-18, a margin that was six points fewer as Dixon grabbed his second, but one that could not be wiped out entirely.

Wigan Warriors sent their best young talent, while McDermott led a Barrow side, including trialists Lee Doran and Adam Nicholson on the bench, for their third pre-season of the year.

Gary Broadbent and Martin Ostler missed out, but Zeb Luisi made his first appearance under coach Garry Schofield after returning from New Zealand.

Wigan featured former Barrow loan player Lee Mossop, as well as Logan Tomkins – younger brother of England players Sam and Joel – and Super League player Chris Tuson.

While Shaun Wane took charge of the young Wigan side, first-team boss Michael Maguire and Kris Radlinski were in the stands to watch the potential stars of the future.

Barrow Raiders Starting XIII: Andy Ballard, Marc Dixon, Chris Larkin, Zeb Luisi, James Nixon, Jamie Rooney, Liam Campbell, Jamie Thackray, Mark Gleeson, Brett McDermott, Michael Knowles, Matt James, Ned Catic.
Substitutes: Nathan Mossop, Jamie Butler, Adam Nicholson, Lee Doran, Glen Reid.

Wigan Warriors Starting XIII: Matthew Russel, Ryan King, Jamie Acton, Josh Charnley, Tom Halsall, Chris Tuson, Sam Powell, Dominic Crosby, Logan Tomkins, Lee Mossop, Jonny Walker, Jack Hughes, Danny Bridge.
Substitutes: Matthew Crowe, Tom Spencer, Keiron Harrison, James Greenwood, Liam Carberry.

Referee: Clint Sharrad.

Attendance: 2,044.


TWO MINUTES: Marc Dixon try, Jamie Rooney conversion, 6-0.
NINE MINUTES: Jonny Walker try, Josh Charnley conversion, 6-6.
11 MINUTES: Charnley try, 6-10.
16 MINUTES: Matthew Russel try, 6-14.
20 MINUTES: Jamie Acton try, Charnley conversion, 6-20.
36 MINUTES: Ryan King try, Charnley conversion, 6-26.
49 MINUTES: Charnley try and conversion, 6-32.
59 MINUTES: Jamie Butler try, Rooney conversion, 12-32.
63 MINUTES: Jamie Thackray try, Rooney conversion, 18-32.

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