Barrow edged out of Challenge Cup
Barrow Raiders 12 Toronto Wolfpack 16 – Article will be updated with pictures from today’s game as soon as we get them.
BARROW’S Challenge Cup run came to an end after being knocked out at the Fifth Round stage by Toronto Wolfpack in controversial circumstances at the JF Hornby Stadium on Sunday.
With the scores finely poised, Barrow looked almost certain of regaining the lead against the Canadian-based club, when Declan Hulme was wiped out close to the line when chasing a kick.
There were also other talking points with both the Raiders and Wolfpack affected by some seemingly tough decisions.
Yet no-one could deny the courage, pride and passion shown by Barrow, notably Jonno Smith, as they came back from going behind early in the game to go into the interval leading 12-10.
It was a humdinger of a first half as a gutsy Barrow twice took the lead in this pulsating clash, firstly through Nathan Mossop and then Martin Aspinwall with Jamie Dallimore twice slotting over the conversions.
Toronto opened strongly and took an early lead when Gareth O’Brien slipped through the home defence to score in the corner.
The response came and after withstanding five sets of six, Toronto caved in to allow Mossop space to force his way through under the uprights.
Toronto stormed back with Bob Beswick, an early interchange player, sliding past to score and Ryan Brierley kicked the conversion.
There was hardly time to take a breath as Barrow pressed again and were deservedly rewarded when hard work from Ryan Johnston saw Aspinwall collect from the halfback to score.
Toronto thought they had gone ahead close to the inverval after Nick Rawsthorne went over but a forward pass was ruled.
The visitors then had to withstand great pressure early in the second half before breaking from their own line, with Rawsthorne eventually collecting and showing a clean pair of heels to score what eventually proved to be the winning try, with Brierley kicking his second conversion.
Full back Gareth O’Brien looked to add to the Toronto score but dropped the ball when over the Barrow line, while towards the end of the match Andrew Ackers thought he had scored but his effort was ruled out for a forward pass.
Barrow return to the Betfred Championship next week when they visit Leigh Centurions, a side they narrowly beat earlier this season.
However, the Raiders could be without forward Danny Morrow, who picked up an injury against Toronto. Ryan Fieldhouse and Alec Susino, were also injured but could still be in contention.
BARROW RAIDERS: Ryan Fieldhouse, Shane Toal, Jarrad Stack, Declan Hulme, Gene Ormsby, Jamie Dallimore, Ryan Johnston, Joe Bullock, Nathan Mossop, Alec Susino, Danny Morrow, Jono Smith, Martin Aspinwall. Subs (all used): Ryan Duffy, Dean Parata, Bradd Crellin, Tom Walker.
TORONTO WOLFPACK: Gareth O’Brien, Adam Higson, Chase Stanley, Nick Rawsthorne, Liam Kay, Ryan Brierley, Joshua McCrone, Jacob Emmit, Andrew Ackers, Ashton Sims, Jack Bussey, Richard Whiting, Sam Hopkins. Subs |(all used): Darcy Lussick, Adam Sidlow, Jack Buchanan, Robert Beswick.
Referee: Greg Dolan.