Dallimore brilliance drives Barrow to second Super 8s win
BARROW RAIDERS 14 DONCASTER 10
JAMIE Dallimore’s superb performance helped Barrow Raiders maintain their unbeaten run in the Super 8s with a hard-fought win over Doncaster at Craven Park on Sunday.
The electric stand-off capped off his game with a mouthwatering 40m individual try which saw him break out of two tackles before diving over, with a Doncaster defender clinging onto his legs.
He also oozed class both in attack and defence in a clash dominated by wet and windy conditions.
Clean ball handling was tricky, but Barrow made the most of their opportunities against a spirited Doncaster, whose full-back, former Catalans star Hakim Miloudi, shone for the side.
The conditions caused a number of handling errors, notably in the first half with try-scoring opportunities at a premium. But Doncaster made the most of a first telling break with Brad England scoring in the corner and Jack Miller adding the extras.
Barrow tried to claw back the points and went close through winger Brett Carter, who was forced into near the line.
It was left to half-back Dallimore to restore parity, when, taking the ball 40 metres out, the exciting stand-off shook off two would-be tackles, darted through a gap and threw himself over the line with a Doncaster defender holding on to his legs, later getting up to add the conversion for 6-6 at the break.
Barrow looked to gain the lead, however Lewis Charnock missed a 40m penalty attempt and Dallimore took over the kicking duties, slotting over from a similar distance minutes later to put Barrow ahead for the first time.
They extended their lead when a fine, flowing move was started by Charnock who fed his half-back partner Dallimore. Dan Toal continued the move and Eze Harper fed Brett Carter, who dived over in the corner with Dallimore adding the extras.
With defences once again dictating, Doncaster managed to create space for Miller to squeeze through and close the gap.
As the clock crept towards full time Ryan Fieldhouse made a telling run down the left but a loose pass saw the break diffused.
He soon had another chance, created when he kicked forward a loose ball and outpaced the Doncaster defence but his attempt at a try was overruled.
The Raiders head to Newcastle for another tough encounter next Saturday, looking to make it three out of three Super 8s wins (kick-off 7pm).
BARROW RAIDERS: Ryan Fieldhouse, Shane Toal, Declan Hulme, Eze Harper, Brett Carter, Jamie Dallimore, Lewis Charnock, Joe Bullock, Karl Ashall, Oliver Wilkes, Jarrad Stack, Dan Toal, Martin Aspinwall. Subs: Tom Walker, Nathan Mossop, Andrew Dawson, James Duerden.
DONCASTER: Hakim Maloudi, Ryan Jones, Nick Rawsthorne, Jason Tali, Sam Doherty, Reece Dean, Jack Miller, Russell Spiers, Kyle Kesik, Mark Castle, Charles Martin, Bradley England, Peter Green. Subs: Zach Braham, Kieran Cross, Liam Welham, Jamie Thackeray.
Referee: Greg Dolan.
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