Barrow Raiders prepare for Leigh Centurions combat
MASTER tactician Paul Crarey is looking to plot another Betfred Championship shock at the JF Hornby Stadium on Sunday (3pm).
After their sensational 8-8 draw against much-fancied Toronto Wolfpack last week, Barrow Raiders will aim to go one better in their second successive home match against Leigh Centurions.
Crarey knows it is a big ask especially against a side relegated from Super League last season, and containing like Toronto a host of ex-Super League and former NRL stars, but he believes his team can hold their own if things work in their favour.
“We are happy the way it is going and it shows we can compete,” said the Raiders coach. “If they’re off and we’re on there’s a chance of us getting a result.”
Crarey would not be drawn in to how he bids to overturn such seemingly overwhelming odds as Barrow take on a third full-time team in as many weeks following Toronto and London Broncos.
“The squad will probably remain the same but we will just rotate it a little bit,” said Crarey ahead of the Leigh visit. “We are not going to show our cards until the weekend but have got to make some changes to combat their threat.
“We are trying to get them to worry about us in certain areas than us worry about them.
“The lads did brilliantly at the last training session so that is only healthy for the club. We are looking forward to it.”
Barrow led Toronto 2-0 at one stage through a Jamie Dallimore penalty and drew level when Dan Toal touched down with Dallimore adding the extras. Bookies had offered odds of 55/1 for the draw.
“We got a point last week when the bookmakers or anybody wouldn’t give us a chance, so I| am looking for more of the same, just to be solid throughout the team,” said Crarey.
“It is very difficult against these full-time teams, they have got to be off a little bit for us to win, but having said that I thought we were good for the draw, and looking at the video we should have won the game in the last 40 seconds.
“We got a little bit excited at the back end of the game when the pressure really wasn’t on us but all on Toronto, but we just didn’t come up with a play to win when we should have done, and that is something we have got to look at because those opportunities are few and far between against these full-time teams.”
Crarey was delighted to see 1,266 “phenomenal” supporters attend despite atrocious conditions. The weather looks set be better for Sunday and the coach Raiders faithful to: “Get down in numbers and support us or else we are going nowhere.
“We need support from the fans, we had 1,266 in, which is phenomenal especially with the weather we had, it was horrendous, but this week they have given a good forecast so we want everyone to come and support us.
“The fans were brilliant last week, they made that extra man. The roar when we scored made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The bar has been raised and you can just feel it in the game.
“There were a few new people who I spoke to after the game and they said it was the best £15 ever spent.”
Get down to the JF Stadium and support the Raiders during their Championship journey. Gates open at 1.45pm, enjoy a drink or something to eat at one of the club’s outlets. Entry at turnstiles is £15 adults, £10 concessions and £5 children.