Hard work brings big reward for Furness Raiders

A CALL to tighten up defence paid dividends for Furness Raiders who restricted Roose Pioneers to just two touchdowns in Wednesday’s  friendly at Craven Park.

A video analysis of their previous match against Bishop Burton – where Furness Raiders ran out 52-16 winners – highlighted some first half defensive flaws and a call to rectify them against Cumbria League opponents Roose was answered in the best possible manner by the academy side.

Furness Raiders head coach Darren Carter was delighted to see his team wrap up the victory in the manner which they did, and he was also quick to thank Roose who stepped up for the game.

His side were off the mark, taking the lead in the third minute when young Tyler Lancaster went over in the corner.

The inventive Ryan Johnston soon got into the act releasing the always impressive Blain Marwood, who went over the whitewash five minutes later.

Roose tried hard to get into the swing of the game but sterling defensive work restricted their forward power on a bitterly cold night.

Marwood added a second try with Aiden Wright adding another before Adam Batty scored the first of his two touchdowns for Pioneers.

Furness Raiders started the second half 18-4 ahead with Johnston adding a try and conversion to stretch their lead with Owen Myers scoring a double.

Batty gained some consolation for Roose, but the joy was short lived with Lancaster wrapping up the Furness Raiders win.

I was really pleased with aspects of our game,” said Carter after the game.

“I thought that last week against Bishop Burton we were pretty average, our defence in the first half was pretty poor.  We did a good video analysis session on Monday, worked really hard on our defensive spacing again and just our general attitude towards tackling and defending.

“Rugby is all about numbers and I think making sure that your spacings are good and everyone is communicating is really important, and that was one of the big areas I was pleased with.

“We got caught a couple of times, Adam Batty is an absolute class player, we always knew he was going to be there or thereabouts.

“But I was really pleased with our performance.”

Carter picked out 16-year-olds Lancaster and Matty Brown for praise especially against open age opposition.

He added: “It was a satisfactory night and I really hope Roose got something out of it as well.

“That was better than a training session for them, they had a good blowout.

“I hope they get some good numbers at training, Steve Neale’s doing a really good job there. It is a great club that goes back a long time and I genuinely hope they get some new recruits and they can have a really good competitive season in the Cumbria League.

“I was grateful they played us and it would god if  a few other  clubs could do it as well. It is good for us and it is good for them as well.”

FURNESS RAIDERS: Ross Clayton, James Lashmar, Owen Myers, Tyler Lancaster, Aidan Wright, Jake Carter, Ryan Johnston, Brad Williamson, Blain Marwood, Josh Rankin, Ethan Furness, Matty Brown, Ioan Hayes, Ben Atkinson, Joe Crarey, Decon Rodgers, Eric Hill, Tyler Batty, Danny Wright, Jake Stockdale.

ROOSE PIONEERS: George Smith, Scott Lancaster, Ade White, Russ Birch, Ronnie Neale, Adam Batty, Mark Bown, Corne Els, Jordan Ashton, Sam Doyle, Lee McLeod, Dan White, Ewan James, Josh Tranter, Kris Cunningham, Harrison O’Brien, Ben Livesey, Dillan Tautu, Dominic Coulson, Adam Armstrong.

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