Furness Raiders get off to winning start
Midland Hurricanes 16 Furness Raiders 29
FURNESS Raiders got their College League campaign off to the best possible start with a cracking 29-16 win against Midland Hurricanes on Tuesday.
For head coach Darren Carter and his dedicated team it was a proud moment as they saw the under-19s academy team come back from 10-4 in arrears against the Loughborough College outfit to claim a sensational victory.
Among the Furness Raiders try-scorers in the Midlands were Blain Marwood and Tyler Lancaster, with Ryan Johnson slotting over the kicks and adding a drop goal for good measure.
Carter admired the character of his team in what he described as ‘a baptism of fire’.
“It was a really enjoyable game, I thought the level of the Midlands side was good. They were very enthusiastic, very aggressive and athletic lads who got stuck in and were real physical,” said Carter.
“It was a great game for our lads to come back and win, it was a really good baptism of fire because they came out all guns blazing and our players were a little bit overawed at first, but we slowly got back into it.
“But once we managed to get a foothold in the game we were probably the better side and we ended up being comfortable winners.”
He said of the opening win: “It was a really proud moment for myself, Keith Nutter and Dennis Porter who were there. We had a few people come down to watch and cheer us on.
“Everyone was saying after the game ‘what a great achievement, what a great performance’.
“I was really proud, I said to the players it was a monumental day for the club because it has always been Paul Crarey’s vision to set up the juniors and a lot of people have worked hard, but those kids were part of that, and I told them they would remember that day because it was the first one.
“It didn’t matter whether we won or lost it was all about the performance and getting a win just tops off a great occasion.
“It was a team performance, everybody played well.”
Carter praised the Midland Hurricanes team and the club facilities, adding: “I wish them good luck, I am sure they will cause some upsets in the season.”
The young side host their first league home game on Wednesday, October 12, against Wakefield at Craven Park when it is hoped a good crowd will come down to support them (kick-off 7pm).
Furness Raiders are looking forward to the clash with Carter saying: “Playing that first game has really whetted our appetite. I think we are going to be against some really good teams and I expect Wakefield, who we play next week, to be a strong side.”