Magical Marwood steers Furness Raiders to big win

HAPPY COACH: Darren Carter watched his side win after a strong second half performance.




ON paper Furness Raiders’ victory over Humbersiders Bishop Burton will look like a landslide victory.

However, results don’t always give a true reflection  a game with the Barrow under-19s academy side knowing  they had been in a hard-fought battle especially in the opening half at Craven Park on Wednesday night.

Going into the break holding a slender 16-10 lead in a half they rarely dominated, it needed a team-talk from head coach Darren Carter to motivate Furness Raiders for the final 40.

They responded in the best possible way but only after some early jitters when the Hull outfit pulled it back to 16-16.  But then Furness Raiders romped away, scoring 36 unanswered points to secure the win.

Hooker Blain Marwood put in an outstanding performance to claim a try hat-trick, as Furness Raiders score nine touchdowns and kicked eight goals.

Carter praised the Hull outfit for their endeavour and their willingness to travel and play after the team had returned to college just a day earlier.

Now he is focused on his young side’s next match, a friendly against Roose Pioneers next Wednesday at Craven Park (kick-off 7pm).

Bishop Burton  provided tough opposition in the opening spell and went close to going ahead before Raiders turned defence into attack with Danny Wright finished some strong play with Jake Carter seven goals.

The visitors came back, but two tries in as many minutes, from Brandon Corrie and the first of three Marwood touchdowns – two after the interval – appeared to put Furness Raiders in the driving seat.

However Bishop Burton refused to yield, going over the whitewash again with Keenan Foreman scoring his second try of the College League match.

When Tom Burke crashed over and Harry Whittles added another conversion to bring the scores level at 16-16 it was game on.

The score shook the young Furness side into reality and they changed gear to run away for the comprehensive win, with further tries from James Lashmar, Scott Beattie, Josh Rankin, Tyler Lancaster and Ross Clayton, with Joe Crarey also adding a conversion.

Carter was rightly pleased with the result, and he said after the game: “It was a really comprehensive win, but it was a game of two halves.

“All credit to Bishop, I thought they were outstanding. To come today, the day after they went back to college and travelling over, credit goes to them. I thought the score-line definitely didn’t reflect the game and the effort those lads put in.

“But saying that our lads responded well to the half-time talk that we gave them and they came out a completely different side.”

Carter was pleased with the performances of some of the younger squad players especially Ioan Hayes who he described as outstanding, while Bradley Corrie and Ross Clayton also did well. He also picked out Marwood  as having a great game.

“We play Roose Pioneers next week in a friendly,” added Carter. “We would really like to thank Roose. I put an SOS out on Twitter asking for any local teams to play us in friendlies because we really need games, and Roose have come along and said they want to play us which is really good for us. I am sure it is also going to benefit Roose massively as they will hopefully get something out of it going into their season.”

FURNESS RAIDERS: Jake Stockdale, Ross Clayton, Tyler Lancaster, Jack Cairns, James Lashmar, Jake Carter, Brandon Corrie, Decon Rodgers, Blain Marwood, Brad Williamson, Eric Hill, Matty Brown, Danny Wright, Joe Crarey, Aidan Wright, Ioan Hayes, Robert Shepherd, Tyler Batty, Scott Beattie, Josh Rankin.

BISHOP BURTON: Brandon Ltgget, Tom Sugden, Jack Gill, Keenan Foreman, Harry Macone, Ewan Bennett, Harry Whittles, Aboul Malik, Tom Burke, Lloyd Gurness, Luke Fuglis, Josh Jarvis, Elliot Clarke, Lewis Creaser.

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