Barrow Raiders boss Paul Crarey insists that his side must be patient and learn to play for the full 80 minutes - and quickly - it they are to avoid a return to rugby league’s third tier at the end of this season.

Not for the first time in 2019, Crarey emerged from yesterday’s annual Summer Bash hugely frustrated, after his side matched good quality opposition for large chunks of a game yet came away with nothing.

Twice in the first half Barrow led high flying Sheffield Eagles, only to slip behind and then get caught by a rush of three tries in quick succession which ended their interest in the league points.

The Raiders remain second from bottom of the Betfred Championship on just three points and without a win since the opening game of the campaign.

Following their 30-18 loss at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road, Crarey reflected: "There was a massive momentum switch when Deon Cross should have scored in the corner but put a toe in touch, then they went down the other end and scored and you could see our heads drop.

“[Sheffield’s Anthony] Thackeray is an outstanding half and he got us with his kicking game whereas we were probably a bit short at the back end of our sets.

“When they scored those three tries the game was gone and, once that happened, the pressure was off, we relaxed and scored two great tries.

“There was a lot of effort put into today’s game and the scoreline didn’t really reflect that.

“We probably played for 55-60 minutes, but that 20 minute block is letting us down. Everyone could see the fight within us and our fans were brilliant today.

“It’s about being patient, getting to the back end of sets and then getting some repeat sets.”