WE must be making progress as supporters are now asking head coach Paul Crarey why we didn’t go for two points near the end of the Dewsbury victory to make it 60.

When we were last in the Championship the supporters were asking why we conceded 60 points!

Another impressive performance and two more vital points in our quest for Championship survival. After ten minutes I thought it was going to be a really tough afternoon in the sun as Dewsbury looked potent in attack with their powerful physical forwards and Barrow struggled to keep them out.

However, we crossed for ten tries, and scored 46 points in 29 minutes either side of half-time, to emerge comfortable winners. The visitors showed good resolve in the closing stages of the game to take a little gloss off the victory as Barrow ‘relaxed’ at 52-12 with 20 minutes left, but I’m sure this week’s team review will address those defensive lapses.

Rams boss Neil Kelly continues to vent his frustration in the local press stating: “If we’d have done what I asked the players to do on Friday, and in the build-up to this game, then I think it would have been more of a contest, and we could maybe have won.

“I thought the period between 25 and 55 minutes was, and I’ve used these words before, unacceptable and embarrassing.

“I don’t think there are any adjectives I can use that describe how poorly we played during that period. Scoring 32 points away from home should be enough to win any game, but when you’re conceding 58 points you don’t stand a chance.

“Barrow are a newly-promoted side, but they have a great attitude. They’ll probably pinch themselves later and ask how they managed to put so many points on us, but it’s not the opposition that’s doing it to us, we’re doing it to ourselves.”

I’m sure Dewsbury will get through this bad patch and they should beat the other relegation candidates Sheffield, Swinton and Rochdale.

Tomorrow it is probably the most important fixture so far, bottom-of-the-league Swinton Lions away. A victory at Sale Sharks’ old Heywood Road ground would put a significant gap of 11 points between ourselves and the Lions which would be very difficult to make up in the remaining games.

Swinton have not won a game yet but gained a respectable draw against us over the Easter period, and were unlucky not to leave Craven Park with the spoils.

Head coach and ex-player Stuart Littler has been busy lately on the recruitment front and has added some fresh blood for the survival task in hand with the signings of young talent Liam Paisley on an initial month’s loan from dual-registration partners Wigan Warriors.

The 21-year-old second rower did play against us in that draw and had a decent game. They have also signed on-loan French winger Ilias Bergal from Leigh Centurions, so Swinton are demonstrating that they haven’t given up yet.

Swinton have other good players including ex-Raiders star Andy Bracek who missed the Craven Park encounter, and of course there is Raiders fans’ favourite Chris Hankinson who in my opinion is one of the best goalkickers in rugby league.

In their last home game against Toulouse Olympique they let everyone in for free to try and stimulate more interest from the Manchester public and apparently a bumper crowd took up the offer although they didn’t say exactly how many.

Toulouse won 62-8 which probably didn’t help the cause and a couple of weeks ago they visited Toronto and got beat 62-14 in a field in the middle of nowhere.

Our away form needs to improve with a lack of discipline playing a key role in our demise on the road. So, no penalties and eighty minutes of concentration and the two precious points should be ours.

Complacency is the enemy!