BARROW Raiders head coach Paul Crarey has said he is ‘bitterly disappointed’ with his sides lacklustre display in their 6-34 defeat to Doncaster.

The Raiders came into the game at the Northern Competitions Stadium full of confidence after recording back-to-back wins against York and Dewsbury.

However, an out-of-sorts display meant they were brutally punished by the newly-promoted Betfred Championship side.

Tries from Brad Hey and former Hull FC man Joe Lovodua put the visitors into a commanding 10-0 lead, but Ellis Gillam reduced the arrears by crashing over for the first time since returning from injury before the interval to give Crarey’s side hope.

But the visitors ran riot in the second half through their sheer weight of possession.

Ben Johnston and Craig Hall bundled over in quick succession to make it 22-6 on the hour mark, before Pauli Pauli, Reece Lyne and Luke Briscoe added further insult to injury in the final ten minutes.

Speaking to the Club website post-match, Crarey said: “I didn’t think previous matches they had played reflected the scoreline, but we’ve seen today that they are a side full of experience.

“It was very route one, they played quick around the rooks and with a mountain of possession they managed to put points on the board.

“I am bitterly disappointed. We didn’t turn then around and I think they had 20 sets to our nine in the second half. We didn’t grind and warrant any field position.

“We had errors, gave the ball up cheaply and gave penalties away. It was a mirror image of last week’s game. You get what you deserve in this division. I just thought we didn’t compete.

“We tried shortcuts, but you’ve got to grind your way up the pitch and kick the ball well.”

The Raiders will likely be without Charlie Emslie for their visit to the Sheffield Eagles next Sunday after he suffered a bicep injury against Doncaster.

They will also be without Matt Costello who is on head injury assessment.