ONE OF Barrow Raiders' in-form stars has said the team's five-game winning streak stands them in good stead ahead of some tough fixtures.

Speaking on Barrow Raiders' official website, Hooker Nathan Mossop said they have surprised many by currently sitting fifth in the Betfred Championship after an unbeaten July:

"We've done fantastically this season, perhaps exceeding a few people's predictions on where we were going to finish in the league. 

"It isn't done yet, but we've certainly guaranteed our safety now and cemented our place in the play-offs."

"It was a fantastic July.

"Cresta (coach Paul Crarey) has already said that August is going to be a tough month for us, but it’s certainly a challenge that we are looking forward to."

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He admits their upcoming assignment, away at promotion favourites and runaway league leaders Leigh Centurions, is perhaps the toughest game to date:

"We're all looking forward to the challenge, but we're all very aware of the talent that they have in their squad."

"They've got a vast amount of Super League and NRL experience, and a coach that was in the Super League last year.

"It's exciting for the younger boys to be playing against potentially some players that they have idolised in their earlier years.

"Leigh are a fantastic side and they're going extremely well this year, but we're looking forward to the challenge on Sunday."

Mossop said lessons will be learned from their narrow 30-28 loss against Leigh in June:

"Playing those top teams and being able to perform on the day gives you confidence, because you're aware of what that group will throw at you."

"That's been the mentality that we've had this year. 

"We've had that confidence, but I've not gone into thinking that we're going to win, and I think that speaks volumes about our group of players where they are willing to work hard for each other. 

"We've got fantastic strike players like Jarrod Sammut, Hakim Miloudi, and Tee Ritson who have achieved so much this year, and then you've got your workhorses as well which is rife throughout the team. 

"As a group we are in a good place. 

"Hopefully towards the back end of the season we can steer clear of injuries and stay together as a group to build some momentum going into the play-offs."


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