RAIDERS coach Paul Crarey has praised his team for their performance despite falling to defeat at the hands of Leigh Centurions.

Barrow’s five match win streak came to an end after their 52-20 loss to Betfred Championship league leaders.

Despite a hard-fought contest, the Centurions overpowered the Raiders in several spells of play.

Crarey celebrated his team’s spirit and their efforts.

He said: “They were all over us which is what you should expect but they didn’t give up.

“They scored twenty points but got beaten by thirty.

“I’m so very proud of my boys for this.

“With a lot of sides you’d get beaten by more than that.

“I think Saunders had a great game and James I thought he was outstanding.

“It’s always going to be a difficult fixture but I think we conducted ourselves really well and we did well.

“As we walked down the steps we got comments about how it was ‘a pleasure to watch your side’ and how it was ‘a really good game’.

“There were two ten minutes spells where they got us.

“That’s what they do these top teams. They get you when you’re not at your best during those minutes.

“I’m so proud of my boys for playing hard. It could have been a real blow out but it wasn’t.”