Unbeaten home run ends for Barrow Raiders
Barrow Raiders 26 Featherstone Rovers 38
IT had to go sometime but Barrow Raiders didn’t give up an unbeaten home record that stood for almost two years without a battle.
With the clash finely poised at 22-22, three rapid fire Featherstone tries late in the game saw the side with Super League aspirations pull away and wrap up a win to move them to second in the Betfred Championship table.
It all started so well for Barrow as Jamie Dallimore kicked his first of two penalties, slotting it over from close range with the clock barely ticking over.
But the powerful Yorkshire outfit were always too strong for Paul Crarey’s brave side, who have another huge task on their hands in the Challenge Cup Fifth Round at the JF Hornby Stadium next Sunday against Championship leaders Toronto Wolfpack.
In all the visitors scored seven tries with Martin Ridyard kicking five goals, but they knew they had been in a fight.
Crarey gave Ryan Johnston his Championship bow, playing in the half-back role alongside Jamie Dallimore, and he certainly didn’t let the side down with a strong overall performance.
Dean Parata, among the Barrow try scorers, was immense when he came off the bench, arguably having his best game in a Raiders jersey.
While forward Jonno Smith, another Barrow try scorer, showed strength both in defence and attack.
In all Barrow showed courage and commitment and against lesser teams would have been celebrating a win. That, however was not to be but Featherstone knew they had been in a battle before that late triple volley.
By the time Gene Ormsby scored it was all over as Barrow refused to throw in the towel.
After Dallimore had put Barrow ahead, Featherstone proved to be deadly at close range with Connor Farrell finishing off a flowing move on the right, and Martin Ridyard kicking his first of five conversions.
Barrow stormed back, regaining the lead when Smith skipped over a would be tackle and raced towards the line, touching down between the sticks to leave Dallimore an easy conversion attempt.
However there was no stopping the Yorkshire outfit with winger Luke Briscoe sliding over, again on the right. The kick, however, proved too tough for Ridyard.
The stand-off did not have to wait long to punt Featherstone further ahead, slotting over off an upright, the first of three occasions, after Harry Newman forced his way through a packed Raiders defence to see them go in at the interval leading 16-8.
Yet that advantage didn’t last long and with the second half minutes old Ryan Duffy bulldozed through from close range with Dallimore adding the extras.
Parata gave Barrow further hope when he started and was on hand to finish a great move, with the hooker intercepting a pass before racing upfield, gaining support close to the visiting line and then collecting to drive over the line with Dallimore again on target to edge his team two points ahead.
The lead was brief, however with Newman sliding though for his second try of the game, and Ridyard again taking advantage of an upright to slot over the conversion.
It was all square again as Dallimore kicked his second close range penalty over the game.
But three tries in a 10 minute spell saw Barrow’s efforts undone as Ian Hardman’s try turned the tide when skirted through. Ridyard soon added to Barrow’s woes as the visitors began to pull away and Keal Carlile scored before Ormsby restored some pride.
BARROW RAIDERS: Ryan Fieldhouse, Brett Carter, Declan Hulme, Jarrad Stack, Gene Ormsby, Jamie Dallimore, Ryan Johnston, Joe Bullock, Nathan Mossop, Alec Susino, Jono Smith, Bradd Crellin, Martin Aspinwall. Subs (all used): Ryan Duffy, Dean Parata, Glenn Riley, Tom Walker.
FEATHERSTONE ROVERS: Ian Hardman, Luke Briscoe, Misi Taulapapa, Harry Newman, Shaun Robinson, Martin Ridyard, Tom Holmes, Mitch Clark, Keal Carlile, Brad Knowles, Connor Farrell, Jansin Turgut, James Lockwood. Subs (all used): Matty Wildie, Gareth Hock, Richard Moore, Luke Cooper.
Referee: Thomas Crashley.