Barrow Raiders coach Paul Crarey spoke of his delight at his team's performance after they thrashed Widnes Vikings 44-4 on Sunday in front of 2,500 at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium.

The thumping victory came just three days after an agonising defeat to Leigh Centurions, and maintains a three-point cushion over seventh-placed Sheffield Eagles in the Betfred Championship.

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"It is (a fantastic victory), especially after a 3-day turnaround and a massive performance against Leigh," he said.

"We made some little changes and they justified the selection, I think.

"They're a team that just keeps on giving, and to play like that after a 3-day turnaround is just something else.

"To get the double over a massive club like Widnes and in that manner is outstanding.

"I thought our goal-line defence was outstanding, they knocked the flags out for their try which I'm happy about, rather than going through the middle or going inside the centre.

"I'm just pleased for the lads that everyone's coming in and doing a fantastic job, and I'm just proud to be the coach of them at the minute.

"We've had two and a half thousand in again, and all the kids have stopped behind out there - I've just had a guy come up to me who doesn't support Barrow, doesn't support anyone.

He said: 'It's fantastic that people are enjoying what we're putting out there.

"The boys just keep on giving when. Lads putting their bodies on the line and to have 17 points at this stage of the season is just an outstanding achievement from them.

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"We've won on the road and we've won at home in front of these magnificent fans. 

"It's been a tough, tough weekend, and we could have got four points, but the disappointment of the league game, we've brushed that aside and put in a magnificent performance against Widnes"

It was also a special day for Carl Forster, who made his 200th career appearance, and Sunday’s result leaves the side full of confidence ahead of Sunday’s trip to Derwent Park to face Cumbrian rivals Workington Town.