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Saturday, 29 November 2014

PHIL YOUR BOOTS: Barrow coach becomes a Facebook addict

I WAS getting excited looking at the updates of the Gateshead v Workington game on my better half’s Facebook page on Wednesday.

I don’t understand a lot of drivel people post on that awful website, like what they eat for their tea or some other uninteresting waffle, I mean who really cares?

Anyway, for 80 minutes I actually found it useful as in the main it was about rugby league!

The twists in this division keep coming as, if anyone isn’t aware, Gateshead broke their 64-game losing streak, which had lasted more than two-and-a-half years.

Fair enough, Town were absolutely decimated with injuries and suspensions, with a 17-year-old prop playing on one wing, 35-year-old ‘Gus’ Fraser coming out of retirement on the other and two of their unused subs, ruled out for the season, pulling a shirt on to stop them being fined for not having a full squad.

Despite all this, I’m sure the Thunder players couldn’t care less who played in a Town shirt and will take great delight in picking up winning pay next week.

This is obviously good for ourselves as a victory tomorrow will see us finish second at worst.

Ourselves and Town have done our best not to finish top, let’s hope Doncaster get the dropsies like we have suffered recently – going to London nowadays isn’t the easy win it used to be, hopefully the Dons have a bad day!

It’s been a bizarre few weeks for the Cumbrian clubs recently and not just on the field.

Up the coast, our neighbours Whitehaven rewarded coach Don Gailer a contract to build the club to go forward into next season after gaining promotion last week.

This week, however, they have gone back on their decision and told him his services are no longer required.

There are all sorts of rumours flying around as to why it has happened, but from an outsider looking in, you have to feel sorry for the guy.

With the way it seems to have happened, and the circumstances surrounding it, something has obviously gone on for a sudden change of heart from the board. Hopefully for them, it gets sorted out sooner rather than later.

Back to ourselves and we play our last league game of the season against Clarky’s boyos from South Wales.

We obviously know what we have to do results-wise, but what team we will be up against is anyone’s guess.

They have a couple missing through suspension and the Wigan connection could well be used, which we will have to guard against.

In Steven Parry they have a very good half-back/hooker who I rate as good as anyone in the league.

Hopefully though, the Craven Park roar is in full voice to see us complete a full league campaign undefeated at home.

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