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Sunday, 05 July 2015

Goulding returns as Barrow Raiders beat Rochdale: with video

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BOBBIE Goulding may be past his peak, but in his nine-year exile from action he has lost none of his talents as a crowd-pleaser, writes PETER WILSON.

The Raiders player/coach steered his side off the bottom of the Championship table, taking a well-earned rest after 50 minutes and then returning to help add the finishing touches to Barrow’s third win of the season.

He could hardly have written a better script himself .

As organiser and inspiration, they don’t come any better than the former Great Britain scrum half when he is in this mood. And the 1,000-plus crowd enjoyed it as much as he did.

The bumps and bruises may ache a bit today, but there was not a spectator in the ground who believed the 42-year-old former Saint had made a mistake in trying to roll back the years.

He clearly brought out the best in others, especially dual-registration second-row forward Jason Walton, who led from the front against a big Hornets pack.

“Our forwards were outstanding,” Goulding said. “I asked them all to step up and they did exactly that.

“But we have to be consistent now and string a few wins together. We can’t do like we did against Batley, win, then lose.

“We will keep our feet on the ground but hopefully this will be the start of a run.”

Barrow got off to a flying start when Max Wiper ran on to a short pass from Nathan Mossop and went over in the corner with the game just three minutes old.
Hornets – like the Raiders in a mad scramble to avoid the drop – hit back 10 minutes later in their first serious attack.

Josh Jones’ kick through was touched down by Ryan Millard and Paul Crook’s conversion levelled it at 6-6.

Barrow’s speedy winger Dalton Grant may look like a lightweight, but he had enough strength to knock off three defenders to score from Ian Mort’s pass to restore Barrow’s lead.

They could have gone further ahead when Ryan Shaw outran the Rochdale defence to a Mort kick ahead, but just failed to ground the ball.

It was a let-off for Hornets, but they could not hold on forever and Joe Bullock – another on-loan forward who looks destined for bigger things – added Barrow’s third try after 34 minutes.

On the stroke of half-time, Shaw kicked his fourth goal and the Raiders went in at the break with a healthy 20-6 lead.

The Craven Park faithful have learned never to take anything for granted and even when Liam Campbell, on as substitute for the boss, followed up his own kick to score a solo try, which Shaw converted, there was still plenty of time for things to go wrong.

And so came the inevitable hiccup. Four minutes after Campbell’s try, Rochdale escaped from the grip that Barrow had on the game and a breakout led to a try from winger Lewis Galbraith.

When Grant’s smart run down the touchline caused chaos in the Hornets defence, another Barrow try looked on the cards.

Instead, Rochdale escaped and two minutes later they were down the other end cutting the gap to just eight points with a try from substitute prop John Cookson.

Barrow led 26-18. It was time to do something – enter Goulding.

It was as though the tap had been switched back on.

Within a minute he was in the thick of it and Danny Jones was crashing over the Rochdale line to secure the points.

Then, just for good measure, Aaron Lloyd added try number six, Shaw kicked his seventh goal and the Raiders were off the bottom.

It’s a small step in the right direction but it put a smile on the faces of the Barrow fans – and a player who showed that, although this may be a young man’s game, there is no substitute for experience.

Have your say

funny most of you were saying this after your other two wins stat praising & spouting when they can put 5 of 6 wins in a straight run

Posted by paul on 4 June 2014 at 15:29

Best game of the season by far ! Although bobby was a legend in his day I had my doubts going up against lads half his age but he quite clearly proved he still is an awesome player his attitude was both lifting for other players on the pitch as well as the fans !! Phil Aky will have to start polishing his boots next !!! Onwards and upwards barrow raiders !!

Des I am sure there is a reason why Nixon hasn't been chosen to play!

Posted by H on 3 June 2014 at 08:28

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