Halifax too hot for Barrow Raiders
Halifax 30 Barrow Raiders 4
BARROW Raiders will aim to bounce back in the Betfred Championship on Easter Monday after falling to defeat at Halifax on Friday night.
Fielding a much-changed side, Barrow tried their hardest but were unable to contain a determined Halifax at the Shay.
Options are open to coach Paul Crarey with half back Jamie Dallimore along with forward Jarrad Stack back in contention to face Swinton at the JF Hornby after completing bans with rampaging prop Joe Bullock likely to take the field again after missing the trip to Yorkshire.
Matt Holmes along with Matt While, Brad Marwood, Tom Loxam, Bradd Crellin and Gene Ormsby came back into the team at Halifax.
But after losing Marwood to injury and having to make changes in the halves in his absence Halifax were able to seize advantage as they outmuscled Barrow especially in the second half.
Barrow did get over the whitewash in the first half when Ormsby slid through, reducing the deficit to eight points at 12-4.
Other than that it was a bad day at the office as Barrow conceded tries though Elliot Morris, Steve Tyrer, Sion Jones and Conor McGrath, with Tyrer kicking 14 points.
After some messy exchanges from both teams in the early stages of the game Fax forced two successive drop outs to put the Raiders defence under pressure.
Barrow eventually cracked when Elliot Morris was the recipient of a lucky bounce to score with Tyrer kicking his first goal.
They went further ahead after Tyrer caught Scott Murrell’s kick to the corner, later adding the conversion.
Barrow forced their way back into the competition after Ryan Fieldhouse found Ormsby, who used his experience to slide through and find touch.
The visitors clearly had their tails up at this stage but were unable to take further advantage and two penalties in front of the posts and within kicking range saw Barrow pay dearly.
Tyrer added another two points to his personal tally with a third penalty in the second half to keep the scoreboard ticking over, and minutes later Sion Jones went through to touch down with Tyrer again on target.
Barrow were finding it increasingly difficult to escape from their own half and they were further punished when a pass was intercepted and fed to Conor McGrath who outpaced the defence to score with Tyrer again on target.
Halifax: Will Sharp, Conor McGrath, Steve Tyrer, Ed Barber, James Saltonstall, Scott Murrell, Ben Johnston, Elliot Morris, Ben Kaye, Will Maher, Chester Butler, Shane Grady, Jacob Fairbank. Subs (all used): Brandon Moore, Sion Jones, Brandon Douglas, Dan Fleming.
Barrow Raiders: Brett Carter, Tom Loxam, Declan Hulme, Gene Ormsby, Shane Toal, Ryan Fieldhouse, Brad Marwood, Glenn Riley, Dean Parata, Alec Susino, Danny Morrow, Matty Holmes, Matty While. Subs (all used): Nathan Mossop, Bradd Crellin, Ryan Duffy, Tom Walker.
Referee: Liam Staveley.