Barrow’s relentless Super 8s march goes on
BARROW RAIDERS 36 WORKINGTON 14
Barrow comfortably saw off a 12-man Workington to extend their unbeaten Super 8s run to five games at Craven Park on Sunday.
In a game hit by rain and punctuated by knock ons and fights it was Barrow who reigned supreme, and winger Shane Toal who stole the show with some sublime play.
Paul Crarey’s team, sitting second in the League One table behind Toronto Wolfpack, a side they have to visit next week, were well worth the win against their old Cumbrian enemies, who saw Macauley Davies sent off in the 61st minute for a reckless head tackle on Dan Abram.
That was only one of several incidents which happened to keep referee Mr Race on his toes during the derby which saw him take action moments after Barrow had taken a sixth minute lead through Shane Toal, when a melee broke out, resulting in sin bins for Town’s Perry Singleton and Martin Aspinwall.
Quick to shake off that negative, Barrow strode forward again when Nathan Mossop, who had set up the opener after a storming run down the middle, touched down to add to Town’s early woes.
The Raiders went further ahead when full-back Ryan Fieldhouse was first to Jamie Dallimore’s prod forward, with Charnock again on target.
Shane Toal then showed a burst of pace, going on a 50m run before being halted by full-back Theerapol Ritson.
However, indiscipline in the Town defence led to a penalty awarded for a high shot on Jarrad Stack, and Charnock duly converted.
Town eventually managed to put a score on the board through Gabriel Fell before Dallimore saw Barrow back in control after he beat the visiting defence to score with Charnock again on target with Barrow going into the break leading 24-4.
Play became somewhat fragmented in the early stages of the second half, and although dominant, Barrow were unable to quickly add to their score until Oliver Wilkes forced his way over.
Town struck back through Brett Phillips with Carl Forber kicking the conversion with the visitors adding another through full-back Theerapol Ritson.
However Toal had the final say when, collecting 60m away from the Town try line, he carried the ball one handed, outpacing the defence and shaking off Ritson’s tackle to run through and score a brilliant try with Charnock duly obliging with the conversion.
Barrow could have doubts over some players for the game in Canada following injuries to Charnock, Joe Bullock and Tom Walker.
Barrow Raiders: Ryan Fieldhouse, Shane Toal, Declan Hulme, Eze Harper, Brett Carter, Jamie Dallimore, Lewis Charnock, Joe Bullock, Nathan Mossop, Oliver Wilkes, Jarrad Stack, Bradd Crellin, Martin Aspinwall. Subs: Dan Abram, Dan Toal, Tom Walker, James Duerden.
Workington: Theerapol Ritson, Joe Hambley, Perry Singleton, Jason Mossop, Gabriel Fell, Carl Forber, Jamie Doran, Tom Curwen, Stuart Howarth, Kris Coward, Brett Phillips, Macauley Davies, Gordon Maudling. Subs: Kyle Shelford, Callum Phillips, Danyal Rasool, Conor Fitzsimmons.
Referee: S Race.