Raiders prepared for Cumbrian Derby

PAUL Crarey will have his team prepared for the huge Cumbrian derby against Workington Town at Craven Park this Saturday (kick-off 6.30pm).

The Barrow Raiders coach knows his players cannot afford any complacency against a side who were on the wrong end of a result exiting from the League One Cup against Gloucester All Golds in their last encounter.

While Barrow were beating cup holders Keighley Cougars 28-6 in the competition, Town slid to a 30-22 defeat, a side they beat 54-22 in the league just a week earlier.

Crarey wants to see Barrow’s winning run continue and is determined to progress in League One as well as continuing to chase honours on in the League One Cup and Challenge Cup.

Barrow are already in the League One Cup semis where they face Oxford, and they are at York for the Challenge Cup fifth round. Success in those competitions can reap early rewards, but it is the league where Crarey is also focused.

He knows that despite sitting at the top of the table Barrow can ill-afford any slip-ups even at this stage, especially with the likes of Toronto Wolfpack and Doncaster breathing down their necks.

“We just want to keep winning to stay at the top end of the table,” said Crarey, whose side conceded their home first try in 291 minutes against Keighley.

“Complacency is the enemy of winners and we have got to be ready for a backlash from what Workington produced last week.

“We have said Craven Park wants to be a fortress, and I think conceding one try in four games of rugby is phenomenal for the lads.

“To do that we have had to work extremely hard so when one person decides he doesn’t want to do that anymore it can affect the whole group.”

“The only way we conceded last week was when Dan Toal was sinbinned. We were a victim of our own downfall, there was no need for it. We can defend hard and be brutal and stay within the laws of the game, so we need to do that.

“Our two halves are playing really well and getting us round and are coming up with some really good plays.”

He added: “It is just about us and not about Workington, they are just another team that are coming to play us on our track and we want to send them packing with a loss.”

Crarey watched the Workington, All Golds league encounter and thought that despite the result it was closer than the result suggested.

“There was nothing in it apart from a few late tries from Workington,” said Crarey. “So I knew the week after when they played Gloucester again if their mindset wasn’t right they would be in serious trouble, and as it panned out they were.

“Workington were a million miles from where they should be. We are expecting a backlash and they will come with bags of enthusiasm and a point to prove not just for the fans but for themselves.”

See you on match day.

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