Red-hot Barrow produce glowing win at Haven
Whitehaven 2 Barrow Raiders 15
FOR those supporters who witnessed the Barrow’s Super 8s opener against Whitehaven at the Recreation Ground, this Cumbrian derby will always be remembered as a classic.
Barrow, on the wrong end of a 32-6 hiding on their last venture up the west coast, would have been anxious to avoid a repeat dose of the medicine meted out by Haven.
But after 80 minutes of pulsating play in a match which failed to produce a score in the first half, it was Haven who were left to lick their wounds.
Barrow hardly put a foot wrong in this throbbing encounter and it was only a sterling defence that kept them at bay in the first half as the visitors swamped Haven with a series of probing attacks.
Back rower Bradd Crellin and hooker Karl Ashall were immense at the start and when they needed a breather fellow packmen Joe Bullock, Jarrad Stack, Oliver Wilkes and Martin Aspinwall carried the momentum forward.
Barrow’s forwards hardly gave Haven time to grab a breathe, taking the ball forward at every opportunity.
Support was all around, notably half-backs Jamie Dallimore and Lewis , who controlled the encounter as it progressed.
There were however, very obvious dangers from a home side who had dictated things in their previous meeting. But when they arrived Barrow proved to be more than capable to putting up a strong resistance, shutting them out.
After a tense and taut half something had to give and Paul Crook made the most of a penalty in front of the sticks to give Haven the lead. The ever dangerous Scott McAvoy appeared to have improved their score but a forward pass was ruled.
Eventually Raiders made the pressure tell when an attack on the right saw Charnock release the hard-running Stack to crash over.
The kicking duties were handed over to Dallimore, who duly obliged after usual kicker Charnock had injured his ankle starting the second half.
Again Barrow advanced and when they won a penalty Dallimore stepped up once again to improve his side’s score.
Then just to rub salt in the wound he added a drop goal moments later.
Barrow clearly had their tails up and Dallimore again was in the thick of the action, this time feeding full-back Ryan Fieldhouse to score in the corner with the half-back slotting over the conversion.
Haven tried hard to reduce the deficit but, unlike in the last game between the two, were unable to make any headway, with their efforts further hampered when Glenn Riley was sent to the bin, leaving them to finish an amazing game with 12 players.
Barrow’s win saw them return to second place in the League One table, going above Haven on points difference.
Those fans who missed out on this thriller get the chance of watching what should be another Super 8s cracker at Craven Park when the Raiders entertain Doncaster this Sunday (kick-off 3pm).
WHITEHAVEN: Elliot Miller, Jordan Burns, Chris Taylor, Jessie Joe Parker, Dave Thompson, Dion Aiye, Paul Crook, Jordan Hand, James Tilley, Glenn Riley, Connor Holliday, Scott McAvoy, Carl Forster. Subs (all used): Ste Roper, James Newton, Karl Olstrom, Tommy Holland.
BARROW RAIDERS: Ryan Fieldhouse, Shane Toal, Declan Hulme, Eze Harper, Brett Carter, Jamie Dallimore, Lewis Charnock, Joe Bullock, Karl Ashall, Oliver Wilkes, Bradd Crellin, Jarrad Stack, Martin Aspinwall. Subs (all used): Nathan Mossop, Dan Toal, Tom Walker, James Duerden.
Referee: Gareth Hewer.
Catch Paul Crarey’s after match comments below: