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Workington beat Barrow in Cumbrian derby with pictures



RANK indiscipline cost Barrow Raiders dear as they were well-beaten in the first Cumbrian derby of the season at Workington.

On an afternoon when they seemed determined to wind up referee Jamie Leahy for the whole 80 minutes, a scrappy Raiders side deserved nothing more than the beating they received.

A string of offsides, high tackles and agitated aggression all told to wear them down and leave them with no chance of a desperately-needed victory.

A side cannot afford to concede 17 penalties, cannot afford to switch off for an entire 40 minutes, cannot afford to give second-best in a Cumbrian derby.

Yet Barrow did all three and they reaped what they sowed in possibly the most disappointing display of the season so far, even if they had matched their hosts for the first 40 minutes.

The nerves were there from the start – Scott Kaighan missing Brett Carter’s kick-off and gifting Town possession, but Jamie Thackray knocked-on as he was tackled near the Raiders line.

The whistle of referee Mr Leahy was a regular presence from the start, mostly at the expense of the visitors, who were frequently pulled back for offside.

It was two penalties against Workington, however, which were the important ones in the early going as skipper Jarrad Stack was punished twice for roughing in the tackle and was sent to the sin-bin the second time.

A man up, Barrow went right to the Workington 20-metre zone, where Liam Campbell and Lee Haney combined to send skipper Liam Harrison in for the 99th try of his club career.

Despite being a man down, Workington – mainly through more and more Barrow penalties – were able to assert their own pressure and pulled four points back as Millomite Peter Lupton was given free range to run across the defence and fling out a pass to dual-reg winger Declan Hulme, who dived in a the corner.

The visitors tried for a further try while they had an extra man and came close, but Mike Whitehead was unable to repeat his feat of last season when James Dandy spun out a pass to him by the posts but he knocked-on going to ground.

From being 13 against 12 in Barrow’s favour, the situation was reversed when a clearly agitated Liam Campbell was given 10 minutes on the sidelines for offside – the whole team having been warned by Mr Leahy.

It was not to be Town who scored though, as Adam Clay intercepted a James Coyle pass 10 metres from his own line and ran the length of the field, beating Jason Mossop’s attempt at a tackle and scoring in the corner, 10-4.

Workington did make their man count though before Campbell returned as the spaces on the Raiders line became too great and Karl Olstrum was able to stroll in on the back of further penalties.

Clay stopped Andy Morris from adding another as he executed a superb touchline tackle, while defence from Mike Backhouse and Aaron Low held Hulme up over the line.

Just as they had the first, Barrow started the second period with some sloppy play, allowing Stack to break 50 metres and thankful for Haney’s great cover tackle to stop him going all the way.

Stack had his ears pinned back though and set up the opening score of the half with play down the blind-side to Morris and then Mark Calderwood, who walked in past a Raiders defence totally out of position.

Workington were soon well ahead as Kris Coward stretched over by the posts, with Liam Finch and Matthew Haggarty colliding trying to stop him. Finch came off with blood running down his face from a cut on his forehead, while Haggarty lay prone for some minutes and was helped dazed from the field.

Only a fine Kaighan tackle stopped Hulme adding a third score in quick order, his grounding over the line ruled a double-movement as Barrow struggled to keep a foothold. They held on until past the hour-mark, but were hit by two quick tries that put the game beyond them.

The first came as Stack charged through an attempted Kaighan tackle and rolled over the line, and the second – after Kaighan put the kick-off out on the full – from Lupton as Ewan Dowes set him up.

Barrow were being punished for their own indiscipline, by this point 15 penalties awarded against them and the home side having taken complete control.

Brett Phillips still had time to dive over for Workington and Haney was sent to the sin-bin after interfering while running back, the full-back – one of Barrow’s best on the afternoon – finishing the match in the bin, which was exactly where the Raiders fans will hope this display remains.

Workington Town Starting XIII: Brett Carter, Declan Hulme, Jason Mossop, Andy Morris, Mark Calderwood, Peter Lupton, James Coyle, Ewan Dowes, Callum Phillips, Jamie Thackray, Brett Phillips, Jarrad Stack, Karl Olstrum.
Substitutes (all used): Kris Koward, Jamie Acton, Adam Walne, Marc Shackley.

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

Referee: Jamie Leahy (Dewsbury).

Attendance: 1,012.


NINE MINUTES: Jarrad Stack sin-binned.
10 MINUTES: Liam Harrison try, Scott Kaighan conversion, 0-6.
15 MINUTES: Declan Hulme try, 4-6.
25 MINUTES: Liam Campbell sin-binned.
26 MINUTES: Adam Clay try, 4-10.
30 MINUTES: Karl Olstrum try, Brett Carter conversion, 10-10.
43 MINUTES: Mark Calderwood try, Carter conversion, 16-10.
49 MINUTES: Kris Coward try, Carter conversion, 22-10.
64 MINUTES: Jarrad Stack try, Carter conversion, 28-10.
67 MINUTES: Peter Lupton try, Carter conversion, 34-10.
74 MINUTES: Brett Phillips try, 38-10.

Have your say

Remember all the bluster in the Evening Mail just before the season started----------,"Teams will be frightened of coming to craven park it was proclaimed","other coaches have nothing but respect for Barrow Raiders".When are they going to learn to keep their trap shut!,they are just like Carlisle United-going to break eggs with a big stick-until it comes to it.

Posted by Dan Payne on 6 March 2013 at 12:40

I think this season's squad is weaker than last season! The Championship has players too quick,too big and too experienced for the Raiders to handle,not having a prolific goalkicker is going to cost the club dear too! Wiper,Low,Kaighan,Butler,McGoff,Matthew Haggarty are not up to this standard of rugby sadly, Oh I wish we still had Ballard!C'mon Barrow get some better plays on board and fast,otherwise crowds are going to dwindle further, we can not afford to get relegated!

Posted by fwd pass on 5 March 2013 at 20:40

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