Dallimore delivers to earn point for Barrow Raiders
Swinton Lions 22 Barrow Raiders 22
JAMIE Dallimore was the coolest player on the field as he slotted over a 30m penalty on the hooter to earn Barrow Raiders their first Betfred Championship points on the road.
As time dwindled down in the red hot atmosphere, Swinton Lions appeared to have sealed their first Betfred Championship win of this campaign. They probably would have done if former Raider Chris Hankinson – who missed three out of four attempts at goal – had his kicking boots on.
But they were denied for a second time in their meetings, having led 16-14 at the JF Hornby Stadium before Dallimore pounced with two points which sealed a 16-16 draw last month.
Dallimore like Barrow is made of stern stuff and, despite missing a number of players, the team dug in to once again, showing grit and determination, none more so than the half back, who earned the plaudits with a lively performance.
Despite taking a knock which needed on field treatment, Dallimore’s breathless 80 minute spell included creative kicking and at times some exhilarating mazy runs to leave the Lions defence clutching at straws.
Dallimore wasn’t the only man to inspire with Dean Parata being a constant thorn in the Swinton side. There was also plenty of determination provided by the hard-working Alec Susino, Jono Smith and Martin Aspinwall with the pack expected to be strengthened for Blackpool’s Summer Bash at the weekend.
In an energy sapping afternoon in the sun, defences had extra work to do as both Barrow and Swinton were down to 12 men at different stages of the game, Dan Toal sent to the bin in the first half and George Tyson after the interval.
A tight opening 10 minutes saw half chances created by both sides, but it took some opportunistic play from Ryan Fieldhouse to open the scoring.
The full back looked to have been wrapped up close to the Swinton line yet managed to wriggle free and score with Dallimore kicking the first of five goals.
A tremendous 50m break from Tyson resulted in the Lions closing the gap, and when Dan Toal was shown yellow for a high challenge Swinton seized the advantage to score twice.
Rhodri Lloyd left Barrow’s defence flat footed after selling a dummy close to the line to go over, then former Dalton amateur Liam Paisley went over the whitewash, this time Hankinson slotting his attempt between the posts..
With half time looming and still down to 12 men Barrow struck back with some great overlap play that was finished off by Shane Toal with Dallimore kicking a superb touchline conversion.
Barrow drew level in the 43rd minute when Dallimore converted a penalty after a late challenge on Alec Susino.
The game then swung in Swinton’s favour as they struck the lead once again in the 54th minute with Paisley going over for his second try, but again Hankinson fluffed his lines, his conversion attempt hitting an upright and bouncing the wrong way.
Dan Toal was then the victim of a late challenge which resulted in Tyson going to the sin bin and with the Lions down to 12 it was the turn of Barrow to take advantage.
He had only been off the field for a few moments when Parata glided through to score close to the posts with Dallimore to adding the conversion..
Barrow continued to dominate, however Swinton made a concerted effort and went close to crossing but were held up on the line.
Swinton though were not to be denied and struck through Tyson to give his side a slim advantage.
Just as it seemed the Lions were heading to glory they conceded a penalty 30m out and Dallimore made them pay dearly for the error.
Barrow face Sheffield Eagles at Bloomfield Road next and again they will anticipate another tough challenge but they should have players returning, notably Joe Bullock, Danny Morrow and Glenn Riley.
Coach Paul Carey’s quest is to keep his side in the Championship and his battling team will do their best to help him.
Barrow Raiders: Ryan Fieldhouse, Brett Carter, Declan Hume, Tom Loxam, Shane Toal, Jamie Dallimore, Ryan Johnston, Alec Susino, Nathan Mossop, Martin Aspinwall, Jarrad Stack, Jono Smith, Bradd Crellin. Subs (all used): Dean Parata, Dan Toal, Matty While, Ryan Duffy.
Swinton Lions: Gabriel Fell, Michael Butt, Chris Hankinson, George Tyson, Ilias Bergal, Brad Billsborough, Jack Hansen, Andy Bracek, Luke Waterworth, Ben Austin, Rhodri Lloyd, Liam Paisley, William Hope. Subs (all used): Joshua Barlow, Hayden Hansen, Andrew Thornley, Kyle Shelford.
Referee: Steve Race.