STILL no victory on the road for Barrow Raiders following a disappointing 32-12 defeat at the Tetley’ Stadium against Dewsbury Rams, writes former Raiders director Tony Colyer.

Me and ex-Raiders Chairman Dave Nixon were in attendance on commentary duty and it was a very frustrating watch.

Too many penalties conceded, and a poor set completion rate contributed to the defeat which has been the theme for the Raiders on their travels all season.

Having two experienced players sent to the sin-bin didn’t help and discipline must be addressed for the remainder of this season and beyond.

Dewsbury were nothing special and were only two points better off than us before kick-off; but last Sunday’s victory has assured their status in the Championship.

We must now beat Swinton Lions tomorrow to eliminate any risk of relegation and guarantee our survival in this very difficult league.

Even if we lose, Swinton must also win their remaining two fixtures against league leaders Featherstone Rovers at home and Batley Bulldogs away – which is unlikely, but not impossible.

It would be the ultimate great escape, but every Raiders supporter is looking for a professional performance to eliminate the possibility of that happening with a good victory against a side we have drawn with twice. Another draw will be good enough also.

Swinton hope to stay ahead of Rochdale Hornets, who have Leigh Centurions, Dewsbury Rams and Sheffield Eagles to play.

Meanwhile, yesterday saw Super League clubs gain approval change the structure of the competition from the end of this season, with only Leeds Rhinos from the top flight voting against

Super League will return to the 12-team format with a top-five play-off system. The current format of the Qualifiers to determine who plays in Super League the following year will be scrapped.

There were 55 votes to be cast and Super League clubs each get a vote. Their say counts as two votes each to equate to the same number of votes the total of 24 Championship and League One clubs get (Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse are not RFL members and therefore do not vote).

The final seven votes come from the community game, which is made up of BARLA and associated leagues.

Ahead of the vote, the chairman of the two Hull clubs released a joint statement, which ended ominously by saying: “Super League has listened. It is now time for the Championship and League One to listen and to understand what life might be like should the proposals not be approved.”

If the proposals were not approved, I feared Super League would go on their own – which would be a disaster for the game as a whole and for clubs such as Barrow.