Coach applauds Dallimore’s Barrow Raiders contribution

BALL-HANDLING magician Jamie Dallimore has more tricks up his sleeve than Dynamo – just ask any rival team since Barrow Raiders stepped up to the Betfred Championship.

Although just three games into the competition, his slick handling skills and astute kicking has left supporters begging for more and opponents mesmerised.

After beating promotion favourites Leigh Centurions 24-20 last week and drawing 8-8 with other fancied side Toronto Wolfpack the week before, Barrow coach Paul Crarey will be looking to his talented stand-off for more of the same at Batley this Sunday.

Dallimore will expect to play alongside his old North Wales Crusaders team-mate Karl Ashall once again in the halves following an injury blow at London Broncos to regular partner Lewis Charnock.

Losing Charnock has given Dallimore further responsibility as main goal kicker but he has taken it all in his stride, as Crarey said: “I think he has matured over the last few years. He’s as mad as a cut snake everyone knows that, but he’s a natural winner and he cares.

“He’s like a light switch, when he goes on that field he’s a different person. When he’s off it he’s mad but in a nice kind of way, and when he plays he’s got a passion for the game. He’s very smart and he’s been brilliant this year.

“He doesn’t like kicking. He says to me open-hearted that he doesn’t want to do it and he got to believe in himself that he’s a class kicker. He’s got some composure and the bottle to do it.

“He’s massive for the club, his presence and his desire to win games are something special and you don’t always get that. Some people just want to come and take the money and go home but he certainly doesn’t do that,

“In contact he’s been brilliant this year and I’m so proud of how he’s conducted himself. We have our moments but that’s between me and him, but as a bloke I have got a lot of respect for him.”

While Crarey is happy to pour plaudits on the 29-year-old’s contribution, he also pointed out the support and protection he has received from the rest of his team-mates in the heat of battle.

“It’s going to get tougher, people are going to look at videos,” added Crarey.

“At Toronto he was caught borderline at the end of sets. Four times he picked himself off the floor and didn’t complain and he’s got to expect a little bit of that in the pivots.

“I think Batley will target pivots this weekend, I know Leigh did last weekend but we have got good defenders around them – Bradd Crellin and Jarrad Stack and others on the edges were fantastic defensively.”

“It is a consolidation year for us but we are going really well at the moment, confidence is pretty high in the camp and Jamie is a lot to do with that.”

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