Barrow do it tough against York
BARROW Raiders confirmed a top-three finish after a battling 26-19 win over York City Knights at Craven Park on Sunday.
The victory was Barrow’s fourth on the trot in the Super 8s to keep them second in the League One table.
A blistering try from prop Joe Bullock, two touchdowns by winger Brett Carter, a Karl Ashall score on his 150th career appearance plus five Lewis Charnock goals ensured the two points against a side who constantly snapped at their heels.
Barrow went into the second half trailing 7-6 after an arm wrestle which saw the visitors marginally ahead.
York struck first in a tight opening half when David Foggin-Johnston made the most of his chance to score in the corner, but the kick was too tough for Connor Robinson.
Barrow made a strong bid to get back into the game and took the lead when Brett Carter collected from Eze Harper to touch down with Charnock adding a difficult conversion.
As the game continued, York seized advantage with Robinson making amends for his earlier miss when he converted a 45m penalty and, to rub salt into the wound, he added a drop goal on half time to see York inch ahead.
Barrow stepped up a gear after the break, going ahead after some fine play between Nathan Mossop and Dan Toal which created a gap for Ashall to make the most of to score under the posts.
The combination of Harper and Carter worked again, with the winger scoring and, after being awarded a penalty on the 30m line, Charnock made no mistake with the kick.
York refused to throw in the towel and after denying Jarrad Stack they went to the other end of the field where Bradley Hey slipped through the Barrow defence to narrow the score.
Bullock then took a stranglehold of the game when he broke through a tackle on halfway before charging through the York defence to score.
City Knights though had the last say in this exciting encounter when Hey went over again with Robinson again on target.
Barrow, who have no game next week, will have to be on their mettle for their next visitors in the shape of Workington.
See you on match day.
BARROW RAIDERS: Luke Cresswell, Shane Toal, Declan Hulme, Eze Harper, Brett Carter, Jamie Dallimore, Lewis Charnock, Joe Bullock, Karl Ashall, Oliver Wilkes, Jarrad Stack, Bradd Crellin, Martin Aspinwall. Subs (all used): Tom Walker, James Duerden, Nathan Mossop, Dan Toal.
YORK CITY KNIGHTS: Benjamin Dent, Neville Morrison, Jake Butler-Fleming, Bradley Hey, David Foggin-Johnston, Connor Robinson, Jonathon Presley, Ross Osborne, Will Jubb, Ryan Mallinder, Jordan Cox, Joe Batchelor, Kieran Moran. Subs (all used): Adam Swift, Joseph Porter, Ronan Dixon, Adam Robinson.
Referee: B Robinson.