BARROW Raiders head coach Paul Crarey is hoping to finish a busy week with derby success.

Raiders travel up the Coast to face Whitehaven this afternoon (3pm) boosted by the arrival of loan players Tom Forber from Wigan and Kavan Rothwell from Leigh.

There was also good news with the news that former Haven winger Andrew Bulman is fit for the game, while Brad Walker is available after he was cleared of questioning the integrity of the match official at Widnes where he was sin binned, then sent off in the closing minutes.

Speaking ahead of today’s derby, Crarey said: “It has been a bit hectic with what has been going on in the last few days.

“But it has all worked out fine, and we are all looking forward to the game.

“Having Brad Walker cleared of any wrongdoing is a massive boost as he has settled in well at half-back with Ryan Johnston.

“It could have been a problem at half back if Brad was suspended as Adam Jackson who would have covered is unavailable with a calf strain.

“We let ourselves down at Widnes with our indiscipline and it is vital we control this area against Haven.

“It will be a close game and penalties against could be costly. Losing Harvey (Makin) came as a blow, but you can’t hold him back when a Super League club comes in.

“But I am happy with Kavan coming in. He had a short spell on loan last season and is a good aggressive no-nonsense player.

“The good thing is that he told Leigh if he was to go out on loan he would love to come back to Barrow.

“Tom is another good player. He came in for training only this week and his organising was brilliant for a young lad.

“I have to thank both Wigan and Leigh for their help in bringing in the lads, and we are all raring to go in what will be a tough game.”

Crarey knows what his team will face in only Barrow's second game of the campaign.

He added: “With it being Whitehaven, players on both sides know so much about each other.

“We have a couple of ex-Haven players in Tom Walker and Andrew Bullman while in their ranks they have Jake Carter and Perry Singleton ex Barrow.”

Former Millom hooker James Newton has been appointed as skipper for Haven.

Threats from Haven will come from the half-back pairing of Jake Carter and Jamie Doran, while upfront Ryan King is a forceful running forward.

Barrow had two close games with Haven last season losing late in the game by two points at home while a Ryan Johnston drop goal in the closing minutes of the second secured the points at the Recreation Ground.