Barrow Raiders put more points in the Championship bag

Barrow Raiders 58 Dewsbury Rams 32


JARRAD Stack hit the high notes for Barrow Raiders in their comprehensive win over Dewsbury Rams today.

The versatile player twice plucked the ball out of the air to set up and then score a try in the Betfred Championship game at the JF Hornby Stadium.

His two second half tries helped Barrow towards a win which at one stage they led 52-12 before a late flurry from the visitors put some respect on their scoreline.

By then it was all over as a contest as Barrow dominated early proceedings and now enter a block of games – against Swinton, Sheffield and Rochdale – where they will look to pick up more points in their bid to maintain Championship status next term.

In all the Raiders ran in ten tries from nine different scorers to show their versatility.

However, a defence which has been watertight for much of the season leaked some late Dewsbury tries in a match which saw a total of 90 points scored on a sunny and draining afternoon.

After withstanding early pressure at the start of the contest, Barrow forced their way more into the game and were rewarded with a try in the tenth minute through Joe Bullock, who was to later leave the field as a precautionary measure after collecting an injury.

Their lead was brief, Dewsbury striking twice within the space of three minutes to take the lead, firstly through Aaron Brown and followed by Josh Guzdek, who was to complete a hat-trick, with James Glover adding the two conversions.

Barrow needed to step up a gear, and they pulled themselves level when busy forward Jono Smith crashed through after an initial break from Ryan Johnston and Stack, with Dallimore adding his second off nine conversions.

Fans were then treated to an outstanding try in the 27th minute when a move involving Ryan Fieldhouse and Andy Litherland was finished off in impressive style by winger Gene Ormsby, who broke clear 40m out hugging the touchline and shrugging off a strong challenge to score in the corner.

Interchange pair Dean Parata and Ryan Duffy combined close to the line with the latter going through a gap, and minutes later, Stack out jumped the visiting defence to pluck the ball out of the air and then find Dallimore who, in acres to space, scored under the posts.

Barrow ran riot early in the second half and four-try salvo in nine minutes left the visitors chasing shadows.

Stack, collecting his second high ball of the game, got the scoreboard ticking over with a try in the corner. That was quickly followed by a Parata try. Stack was at it again three minutes later when he collected from the tap to dive through, and Ryan Fieldhouse showed his alertness close to the line to score before Guzdek’s second touchdown of the afternoon.

Macauley Hallett added a further try to restore some pride for the visitors, but that was shortlived with a quick response from Danny Morrow.

However, Dewsbury struck again when Sam Day drove over and Glover added another conversion.

Guzdek completed his hat-trick moments from time to restore some pride for the Yorkshire club.

Barrow can expect a tough challenge at Swinton Lions next week in their quest for more valuable points. The last time they met the game ended in 16-16 draw.


Barrow Raiders: Ryan Fieldhouse, Gene Ormsby, Declan Hulme, Andy Litherland, Shane Toal, Jamie Dallimore, Ryan Johnston, Joe Bullock, Nathan Mossop, Alec Susino, Jono Smith, Jarrad Stack, Martin Aspinwall. Subs (all used): Ryan Duffy, Dean Parata, Glenn Riley, Danny Morrow,

Dewsbury Rams: Josh Guzdek, Gareth Potts, James Glover, Macauley Hallett, Dale Morton, Aaron Brown, Gareth Moore, Jode Sheriffe, Robbie Ward, Jack Teanby Lucas Walshaw, Michael Knowles, Jordan Crowther. Subs (all used): Samuel Day, Martyn Reilly, Kyle Trout, Toby Everett.

Referee: John McMullan.

Attendance: 1061

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