Barrow Raiders ready to roar into action
IT seemed the fixture gods conspired together to give Barrow Raiders the toughest of starts on their return to the Betfred Championship.
After an absence of three years, who would have dreamed Paul Crarey’s side would open their season at London Broncos this Sunday, to be followed by home games against Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh Centurions before heading over to Batley?
But the gauntlet has thrown down and Barrow are determined to begin their campaign in a determined fashion.
The Barrow public had been desperate to see top class rugby back to the town and Crarey has fulfilled a promise he made after his return to the club in 2014 – to deliver supporters Championship rugby.
Toronto, a team littered with former Super League stars, will be the first to arrive at the JF Hornby Stadium when they meet Barrow on February 11 (3pm).
For fans from the town and beyond it is a game which should not be missed as Barrow look get one over on the Canadian outfit after last season.
Toronto beat them twice in the league on their way to the title, but it was on Canadian soil at Lamport Stadium – and Barrow, who beat Whitehaven in the League One play-off final, owe them one.
Crarey’s side will not be fazed coming up against a team littered with former Super League stars and will show plenty of Cumbrian grit in what is sure to be a thrilling encounter.
Leigh Centurions, relegated from Super League last season, follow Toronto to the JF Hornby Stadium on February 18, and that should prove to be another titanic match for supporters to savour.
The Centurions, fancied to finish top of the pile come, may not relish the grind at Barrow so early in the season.
That match is followed by a trip to Yorkshire where Barrow will face Batley Bulldogs at the Fox’s Biscuit Stadium.
But Barrow’s journey begins in the capital, at the Trailfinders Sports Club, West Ealing, and they will look to make a positive start.
See you at the ground on February 11 (kick-off 3pm), when Barrow will look to tame the Wolfpack.
Remember entrance for Barrow home games is £15 adults, £10 concession and £5 children.
Get to the ground early soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a drink in the Raiders Bar or grab something to eat.
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