Full back Michelle Larkin scored two tries as Barrow Ladies ensured their first match at Craven Park was one to remember after Oulton Raidettes were defeated 16-0 in what was a sometimes scrappy encounter last Sunday.

The match on the turf of the Barrow Raiders was the Ladies' final home game of the season and it continued their strong finish to the campaign, as this was their fifth win in a row and it guaranteed that they will finish at least second in the Women's Championship.

Larkin was the star performer on Barrow's big day, which was marked by several injuries to players from both sides as what was a hard-hitting contest took its toll on both teams.

It didn't take long for Barrow to hit their stride as they took the lead after just four minutes, with Larkin weaving her way through from the left after a strong, sustained attack with captain Jodie Litherland adding the goal.

There was then the main negative of the day, as centre Georgia Naylor had to be carried from the field after just seven minutes of play, following a lengthy period of treatment on the pitch.

Barrow thought they had a second try when a superb cross-field kick by Litherland found Liv Sykes on the left wing, but the score was ruled out for offside.

But the hosts weren't to be denied and extended their lead to 12-0 with Litherland again the creative influence, as he pass put Larkin into space and she galloped away from would-be tacklers to score under the posts.

Larkin almost had a hat-trick when she was again put in by Litherland, only for her to knock on as she stretched for the try line.

Litherland then got the try her performance deserved when she seized on a poor Oulton pass by kicking ahead twice before dropping on the ball, although she couldn't add the conversion.

The second half couldn't match the quality of the first, sadly, with a succession of injury breaks preventing the game from having any flow to it.

Larkin couldn't take Litherland's pass a few metres for the visitors line, while Vanessa Harriman being bundled into touch with time running out was the closest Oulton came to breaking their duck.