BARROW Raiders are ready to play without fear against in-form Featherstone Rovers in the 1895 Cup semi-finals, says front-rower Ellis Gillam. 

With the Raiders just 80 minutes away from a place in the final at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Sunday’s clash with the current Betfred Championship leaders promises to be one of huge excitement.

The sides last met on Good Friday, with Rovers running out 58-6 winners at the Millennium Stadium. However, Gillam insists the prospect of cup rugby means his side can go into the game with renewed belief following their hard-fought defeat against York City Knights on Monday night. 

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Speaking to the club's official website Ellis Gillam said: “We don’t have to worry about teams jumping above us in the table, points difference or anything like that. It’s all about those 80 minutes.

 “Win or lose, as long as we give it our all, we can’t have any complaints. 

The Mail: Ellis Gillam in action against York City Knights.Ellis Gillam in action against York City Knights.

“We’re 80 minutes from a cup final, so we need to go out there with a positive attitude and give 100%. It’s a tough task in front of us, but it’s something that the whole town will buy into."

“Our fans will get down to the stadium on Sunday and be just as excited as us. Regardless of who we’re playing and what’s in front of us, we’re within 80 minutes of a chance of playing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium."

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Monday’s defeat to the Knights came despite a spirited display on home soil, with Anton Iaria, Luke Cresswell and Gary Wheeler all crossing for the Raiders.

On a personal level, Gillam admitted he has enjoyed performing for his hometown club since moving to the Raiders in the off-season from fellow Cumbrian side Whitehaven. 

He has bagged one try in 13 appearances this term and says he is embracing the challenge of playing in the front-row after a change of position ahead of the 2022 campaign. 

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club. I’m taking things step-by-step and trying to improve my game each time,” he added.

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