BARROW Raiders finally claimed their first away win of the 2018 Betfred Championship season with a 24-22 win over Sheffield Eagles at the Olympic Legacy Park.

Brett Carter scored a first-half double, while Ryan Burroughs notched the equalising try three minutes from time.

And Jamie Dallimore kicked the conversion which separated the sides, a fitting finish as the half-back was at the heart of everything good for the visitors.

It took until the 22nd minute for the first points of the game and it was a soft one to concede from a Barrow perspective. Following a tap penalty, Greg Burns sniped over from close range to give Sheffield the lead and Oscar Thomas converted.

Barrow’s response was emphatic though. After gaining good territory via a penalty, Dallimore poked a kick behind the Eagles defence and Carter was there to dot down. The former was on hand to add the extras and bring the game level.

Sheffield put on pressure as they attempted to regain the lead. Another deft Brown kick was tapped dead by Dallimore before Jono Smith transformed into a full-back to sweep up a grubber.

Barrow survived a further onslaught from Sheffield after Dallimore kicked out on the full. A one-on-one ball steal on Oliver Davies relieved the pressure and gave the Raiders the license to attack. They used it to good effect as Carter notched his second try of the afternoon after receiving a pass on the right wing.

There was still time for Sheffield to level matters as Thomas played through a grubber that Joshua Toole got on the end of, despite the attention of Gambaro, to make it 10-10 at the break.

Barrow almost got back in front early in the second half, but Smith’s charge was stopped by Cory Aston and Paddy Burns.

The Raiders men did regain the advantage, but only by two points as Dallimore, moments after being held up by a last-ditch Aston tackle, kicked a penalty.

However, with the final quarter looming large, Barrow deservedly extended their lead with a superbly worked try straight off the training ground. Dallimore’s reverse grubber kick fell perfectly into the grateful hands of Ryan Fieldhouse who touched down under the sticks. Dallimore converted for a two-score advantage.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Sheffield turned the game on its head with two tries in 10 minutes, the first when Toole powered over and Thomas added the goal.

Prop Mark Offerdahl then landed a hammer blow as he touched down and Thomas converted for 22-18 with five minutes to go.

Barrow searched for a winner though and they were successful when Burroughs claimed a pass that was deflected by opposite number Ben Blackmore. Dallimore coolly slotted over the conversion to give Barrow the win in a topsy-turvy encounter.

Sheffield Eagles: Oscar Thomas; Jake Spedding, Menzie Yere, Joshua Toole, Ben Blackmore; Simon Brown, Cory Aston; Mark Offerdahl, Greg Burns, Jon Magrin, Paddy Burns, Shaun Pick, Matty Fozard. Interchange: Blake Broadbent, Max Garcia, Oliver Davies, Mike Weldon.

Barrow Raiders: Ryan Fieldhouse; Brett Carter, Ryan Burroughs, Declan Hulme, Georgy Gambaro; Jamie Dallimore, Lewis Charnock; Glenn Riley, Dean Parata, Thomas Walker, Jono Smith, Danny Morrow, Dan Toal. Interchange: Martin Aspinwall, Arnaud Bartes, Matty Holmes, Ryan Johnston.

Referee: Andy Sweet.

Attendance: 404.

Playback: 22 – Burns try, Thomas conv (6-0); 26 – Carter try and Dallimore conv (6-6); 35 – Carter try (6-10); 38 – Toole try (10-10); 54 – Dallimore goal (10-12); 58 – Fieldhouse try, Dallimore conv (10-18); 65 – Toole try, Thomas conv (16-18); 75 – Offerdahl try, Thomas conv (22-18); 77 – Burroughs try, Dallimore conversion (22-24).

Raiders star man: Jamie Dallimore.