Head coach Paul Crarey is hoping last Sunday’s 54-10 thrashing of Rochdale Hornets is the start of their revival, as they look keep their heads above water in the Betfred Championship.

The win over the Hornets ended a ten-game losing streak for the Raiders, while it also hauled them out of the relegation zone, ahead of Widnes Vikings, who are their next league opponents on June 9.

Barrow had to come from behind after Jack Johnson’s early try and they did so emphatically, playing with the wind, as they scored seven tries in the first half to open up a 42-10 advantage that effectively sealed the match with plenty to spare.

The difference on this occasion was that Barrow didn’t try to force things when deep in opposition territory, completed sets and were clinical in taking their chances when they came.

Crarey said: “We started off a little bit nervous, I thought, and I told us just to go out and play the game, push and play, using our halves and they scored the first try, a real soft try under the posts.

“It rocked us a little bit but when we found our feet in that first half, we were just electric. I said that we need some points on the board with this wind because the second half was going to be like the Alamo.

“You couldn’t kick your way out, so I knew that they’d have a lot of field position in the second half but we’d put some massive points on the board that meant the game was beyond them at half-time.”

Barrow supporters would’ve taken any type of victory over Rochdale, given that it had been almost four months since the players had been able to sign their victory song after the final whistle.

They may have been fearing a tense contest after the Hornets’ opening try, which makes the manner of the win so pleasantly surprising, even if it was tempered slightly with the news that hat-trick hero Stargroth Amean had suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Crarey said: “I thought it was difficult to play in the wind because your passes had to be short and you had to go route one through the middle.

“We pushed and we didn’t really force the ball, which got us on the front foot. Some of the tries we scored were spectacular and some of our defence was as well, after the first couple of minutes, where we’d conceded that soft try.

“That was from a team that was so low on confidence and I thought after that first try it would be a constant battle, but we managed to find our feet and be real disciplined.

“I thought our discipline was outstanding on the day and we got the result that the club needed.”