WELL, the trip to York didn’t go as planned.

The trip home was a quiet one. York came out firing, got a lot of early momentum and never looked back.

They were more enthusiastic than us with things like line speed, support play and kick chase and, I’m afraid to say, they wanted it more.

It makes our job of marketing the home fixture with Dewsbury Rams this Sunday that much tougher, but the reality is that we’ve got to back our club if we want it to grow. I have every faith that this was just a bad day at the office and we can put things right on the field.

There is absolutely no substitute for hard work and practice. People or teams seemingly having more talent is a myth.

They have worked harder and practised more. If they are stronger they’ve been to the gym more, if they have more stamina they’ve put the miles in, if the team looks more organised they’ve put the systems in place and then the hours in.

We have two options as fans: we can walk away or we can say to ourselves that we are going to back the club. With the tremendous support which we have received on and off the field so far this season, I am sure it will be the latter.

I was actually heartened to come home from the game and see social media full of supporters complaining about the performance. It shows that there are so many people who care about the fortunes of the club. I’d be more worried by silence.

I really do think that we have the very best supporters in the Betfred Championship and they will be the ones making that vital difference on Sunday.

I think we will all be looking for an improved performance and attitude for our remaining fixtures, especially the two big games on the horizon which are are certainly winnable against Dewsbury and Rochdale.

Our target was a mid-table position and I am convinced that we have the talent in the squad to achieve that.

Everyone at the club will be working hard to get to where we want to be. Our tremendous supporters deserve that.

n Barrow Raiders Supporters Club are now taking bookings for the coach travelling to Rochdale on Sunday March 3 (kick-off 3pm).

Contact the Scott Street Office to book a seat on 01229 824454. The cost is £15 per person and bookings will only be taken with full payment.