Barrow Raiders are going to have to cut out the costly dips they keep experiencing in games if they are to get themselves out of trouble, according to prop Alec Susino.

On the whole, Raiders' performances in the last month have been fairly positive and they helped them to finally end their winless run in the Betfred Championship against Rochdale Hornets and reach the quarter finals of the 1895 Cup.

However, either side of those two games they've suffered 20-minute lapses against first Sheffield Eagles then Widnes Vikings that saw them ship several tries in quick succession, thus putting the result beyond them.

Susino said: "We were in the game at half-time at Widnes and that's usually the going with us.

"We stick at it - for the first 15 minutes it was a pretty good arm-wrestle - then I'm not too sure what it is but we seem to have it in us, that little 20-minute period where we just drop off.

"We can't really afford to do that against a full-time side like Widnes, or any side in the Championship, really, and that's something we've definitely be working on this week and hopefully we get it sorted."

It remains to be seen whether that will have been rectified in time for tomorrow's home game against Halifax, who will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 31-8 defeat at Leigh Centurions last week.

Susino said: "To be honest, out of all the teams I've played in England, I'd probably say Halifax have been the most physical, so that's always a game I feel like I've got to get up for emotionally, rather than anything, just to get your body in front of those big boys.

"They are a pretty big team, with a good pack through the middle, so they are a tough team to play against, especially through the middle.

"I picked up a bit of a calf niggle so I've had a bit of a lighter week, so it just depends on how many healthy bodies we'll have by Sunday."