Dallimore makes a point for Barrow Raiders
Barrow Raiders 16 Swinton Lions 16
JAMIE Dallimore proved to be the coolest player on the field when he slotted over a late penalty to earn Barrow Raiders a draw and, in doing so, preserved their unbeaten home record of almost two years.
With just three minutes remaining and after a hard-working Swinton Lions had crept ahead 16-14 in the Betfred Championship game played out in appalling conditions, Dallimore stepped up to slot the ball between the sticks at the JF Hornby Stadium on Monday.
The draw, Barrow’s second in the Betfred Championship this season following an 8-8 result against Toronto Wolfpack, was earned on the back of lots of hard defensive work after the break as they looked to contain a Lions side seeking their first league win of the season.
Heavy rain before and during the match coupled with injuries after the interval to Shane Toal – who notched a brace of touchdowns before the break – and Jonno Smith resulted in Barrow having to run with just one interchange for virtually 20 minutes which didn’t help.
As a result Swinton, who included ex-Raider Chris Hankinson and one time Dalton amateur Liam Paisley, bossed much of the second half but were unable to improve their score, until Hayden Hansen scored his second try of the match in the 64th minute with Hankinson drilling over the conversion.
Barrow are at Toulouse on Saturday and then the visit of high-flying Featherstone Rovers the following weekend, with coach Paul Crarey hoping his squad do not pick up further setbacks.
Toal has a hip injury with Smith suffering a hyper-extension to his elbow while Alec Susino is battling through a collarbone problem.
While Barrow also picked up injuries to Danny Morrow, Brad Marwood and Bradd Crellin at Halifax on Friday.
Swinton forced the early pressure and were rewarded for their efforts when Craig Mullen’s kick through, saw Liam Forsyth swoop to collect in the fifth minute and score in the corner.
It needed some spark from Barrow to get back into the game and it arrived when the combination of Declan Hulme and Shane Toal – which has been highly successful for the Raiders so far this season – once again paid off with the latter scoring in the 18th minute the right hand corner.
Dallimore showed he had lost none of his kicking skills during his absence to slot over the tricky conversion.
Clearly with their tails up Barrow pressed again with Hulme and Shane Toal successfully combining again to score in the same corner with Dallimore adding the extras.
But Hensen struck to give to keep the visitors within touching distance at 12-10 at the interval.
Dallimore put over his first penalty soon after the restart to extend Barrow’s lead to four points until Swinton struck in the 64th minute, putting the Raiders proud record in danger – until the Dallimore stepped up to slot his second penalty home and ensure a share of the spoils.
Barrow Raiders: Ryan Fieldhouse, Brett Carter, Declan Hulme, Gene Ormsby, Jamie Dallimore, Karl Ashall, Joe Bullock, Dean Parata, Alec Susino, Jono Smith, Jarrad Stack, Martin Aspinwall. Subs (all used): Nathan Mossop, Glenn Riley, Dan Toal, Tom Walker.
Swinton Lions: Craig Mullen, Marcus Webb, George Tyson, Rhodri Lloyd, Liam Forsyth, Chris Hankinson, Jack Hensen, Ben Austin, Luke Waterworth, Andrew Thornley William Hope, Liam Paisley, Josh Barlow. Subs (all used): Kyle Shelford, Aaron Hall, Hayden Hansen, Mark Nicholson.
Referee: Tom Grant.