PAUL Crarey has called on the people of the town to get behind Barrow Raiders this Sunday when they host Swinton Lions in an all-important Betfred Championship Super Eights clash.

Victory for the Raiders would confirm their place in the Championship for next season while at the same time ensuring they cannot be caught by their opponents, who are five points behind them in the relegation zone.

Barrow head coach Crarey is eager to see a bumper crowd at Craven Park to cheer his side on, as was the case when his side hosted Whitehaven in the League One play-off final last year.

“We’re just trying to get the win to get us through,” said Crarey. “This week is a massive game.

“There were 3,000 people watched us at Craven Park when we beat Whitehaven, so if they can come down and be the 18th man, and come win, lose or draw and get behind the players because we need a lift.

“If they can start singing from minute one, it might be enough to get us over the line against a good Swinton team with dual-reg with Wigan.

“It will be a tremendous day; if we can get that win, I’d love to do it at home in front of a big crowd, and I think they’ll be the difference between winning and losing.”

Crarey is waiting to discover whether or not Arnaud Bartes and Bradd Crellin will be available to play against Swinton after both were forced off with head injuries in last Sunday’s 32-12 defeat away to Dewsbury Rams.

Despite that loss, Barrow’s destiny remains very much in their own hands with three games of the season remaining.

The early-season victory over full-time Leigh Centurions and the home draw with Toronto Wolfpack have both proven to be key results, and were achieved before the Raiders squad was ravaged by injuries.

The recent returns of Lewis Charnock and Tom Walker have proved a boost though, with Declan Hulme possibly available for the visit of Swinton as well.

And Crarey just wants to get over the line in terms of safety.

“We’ll do what we have to do to get the game won on the day,” said Crarey. “If you’ve got to grind, you’ve got to grind and if you can play fluent football then you do that.

“We’re having a good go at it and what we did at the start of the season when we had a full complement of players has set us in good stead for where we are. We’ve got a five-point cushion with three games to go, which is a possible six points.

“If Swinton do it then good luck to them, but I’m just proud of our club. It’s been desperate at times, but we’ve stuck to our task.”