Roughyeds down Raiders to end challenge at first hurdle
It may have taken 377 days, but Paul Crarey’s Barrow Raiders finally crossed the white line for a competitive game.
Travelling to Bower Fold to take on Championship side Oldham, it was always going to be an uphill task for a side who had only had one full contact training session. Oldham on the other hand had sharpened up in two friendlies.
The first half was played almost exclusively down the middle of the park. The lack of game time evident as both teams made handling mistakes early. Oldham began to press and it was only strong defensive work from the Raiders that kept them out.
Almost inevitably it was a defensive mistake that led to the first score as Barrow failed to deal with a kick and Lewis Charnock crossed over, Dan Abram converting for a 6-0 lead.
It was almost a carbon copy for the next score as Barrow again failed to deal with a through kick and Danny Langtree scored under the posts, Abram again converting to put Oldham 12-0 up.
It looked like Barrow had responded straight back as Duffy squeezed the ball over but it had come loose and so the try was disallowed. This spurred on Barrow and after picking up the ball in his own half Shaw scooted clear for a 60 yard try which he then converted himself , ending the scoring and the half 12-6.
With the game poised, the next score was going to be vital and it was Oldham’s Tommy Brierley who went over in the corner, the conversion making it 18-6 to the home side and making it an uphill struggle for the Raiders.
A further penalty for Abram put the game out of reach and also ended the scoring with Oldham running out 20-6 victors and so progressing through to the next round. whilst Barrow can now look to build towards the start of the season in May.
Crarey will have plenty of positives to take from their first game in over a year and the players will be delighted to have been involved in a competitive game even though there will be some sore bodies tomorrow. The Walne brothers both had excellent games and defensively at times Barrow looked very strong, which bodes well for the season ahead, the welcome return of Ben Harrison was also a big plus as he showed his strength with some big yardage gains, especially in the first half.
FT: Oldham 20 Raiders 6 (HT: 12-6)
Oldham Tries: Charnock, Langtree, Brierley. Conversions: Abram (3) Pens: Abram
Barrow Try: Shaw. Conversion: Shaw
Oldham: Abram, Brierley, Heaton, Ince, Charnock, Owen, Langtree, Bent, Nemles, Kirk, Roberts, Bridge, Barran,
Subs: Gregory, Reilly, Dupree, Pick.
Barrow: Dallimore, Forster, Harrison, Hulme, Johnston, Ritson, Shaw, Stack, Swarbrick, Toal, Tyson, Walne, Walne
Subs: Carter, Toal, Duffy, Bustin