ANOTHER superb display from Barrow Raiders, but unfortunately we exited the Challenge Cup and Toronto march on to play Warrington Wolves in an interesting sixth round tie, with Ashton Sims, Gareth O’Brien and Gary Wheeler all having played for Warrington in the past.

The game was a tense end-to-end battle with some incredible last-gasp defending from both teams and if referee Greg Dolan had made the right call when Declan Hulme was deliberately brought down on his way to the try line we could have won.

O’Brien, who was in the thick of all the action, was the guilty party. But he didn’t even get a yellow card and all Barrow received was a penalty, allowing the Wolfpack to regroup and set up the defensive line.

There were a number of controversial decisions made and both sides suffered as a result; a fabulous game spoilt by the referee.

Even Paul Rowley, head coach of Toronto, has been commenting on the referees and said recently that they are influenced by noise from the crowd and have tended to rule against them on close calls. Well not this week, Paul!

I know I keep mentioning the attendance, but home to the best team in the Championship in the Challenge Cup fifth-round on a fine day and you can only attract 1,140 supporters. Very poor and I just can’t understand why the Furness public won’t get behind this team who play with courage, pride and passion every time they walk over the Craven Park whitewash.

What do the club have to do – or is rugby league in this town the sport of a past generation? I would urge everyone to just try the experience at the next home game against Batley next week. Every pound counts and if we are to compete in this division we must increase revenue.

I was talking to the Toronto contingent, who advised that they had released three players including Joe Westerman recently. Director of rugby Brian Noble, who was sat in the stands shell-shocked with Barrow’s performance last week, has explained Toronto's side of the story only six months on from buying him for £140,000 from Warrington Wolves.

He revealed a difference of opinion on certain policies and principles was the key reason for letting Westerman walk free from the Canadian club and he has now re-joined his first club, Hull FC.

Player problems happen all the time and Toronto remain firmly focused on their Super League objective, and are now looking forward to playing the remainder of the fixtures at home.

I can’t see many teams winning in Canada on the newly-laid artificial surface and Barrow visit on Saturday, June 23.

Even captain Josh McCrone has yet to actually set foot in Canada and he made me chuckle with his recent quote of: “The closest thing to Canada I’ve done is eat maple syrup.”

Tomorrow, Leigh Centurions look to extend their unbeaten league and cup run to eight games against Barrow at the impressive Leigh Sports Village, and Urswick-born Greg Richards – a former Barrow Island amateur – says Leigh have a score to settle.

Greg will take his place in the team alongside well-travelled Ryan Bailey, who was signed from Workington Town last week in a surprising transfer.

We have been disappointing on the road and must improve significantly if we are to have any success away from Craven Park. Tomorrow will be tough, but if Barrow can replicate the Challenge Cup effort and improve discipline then the first double is possible.