Crarey wants to see winning run continue
PAUL Crarey is determined his Barrow Raiders do not to catch a cold at Coventry Bears and wants a fully focused team out on the Butts Park Arena on Sunday.
After shutting out York City Knights in the League One opener last week with a 28-0 win, coach Crarey is looking for a repeat performance in the Midlands.
He is aware it will be a tough ask especially after watching a video of their performance against promotion hopefuls Doncaster, who eventually ran out winners.
That, coupled with a hard-fought pre-season 36-18 win at Barrow and the fact it is Coventry’s first home league match will put his side on high alert.
Crarey knows success against teams like the Bears is important, especially as he wants to see Barrow maintain a place at the top end of the table.
He is expecting a battle up front, and said: “They have got some strike power in the forwards and we have got to handle that on their own track which is their opening game at home for the season.
“We want to be one of the top sides this year, we want to stay in that group at the very top. Your mindset has got to be right, because if it isn’t these teams can cause problems.
“We are just going to look after ourselves. We limited York last week to zero points so our mindset has got to be that and hopefully we can do the same at Coventry.”
Pack ace Danny Morrow misses the clash as he recovers from a dislocated shoulder, collected during the win against York.
His likely replacement is set to be James Duerden.
Looking back at the York win, Crarey said: “York were under the radar a bit nobody knew about the recruitment, but I knew they had pulled in some good players and we prepared well for them.
“The week building up to the York game was really intense and everyone was focused, and we put in a great 80 minute performance in what was atrocious conditions.
“We played some good football, scored some great tries, but defence was incredible and they threw some good shape at us where we repelled everything.
“The big thing for us is to take that into the next game and Coventry gives us a different challenge – probably not as good a structure as York but again they have a big running threat with big forwards.”
He added: “The southern sides are getting stronger, a lot of the northern players with good experience travel down to play for them.”