Barrow Raiders head coach Paul Crarey has praised his makeshift side after they kicked off their 2022 pre-season campaign with a 24-12 victory over Workington Town.

With several first team options unavailable for the game, Crarey named just one orthodox half-back in Ryan Johnston, while Hakim Miloudi and Bradd Crellin were forced to play out of position.

However, the Raiders put in a resolute display in front of over 1,200 supporters to begin their pre-season with a win against Cumbrian opposition.

Ryan Shaw, Hakim Miloudi and debutants Danny Langtree and Ellis Gillam all crossed, with Shaw adding a further eight points with the boot.

Crarey’s side return to action against Newcastle Thunder next Sunday, with tickets available to buy now.

Following their recent outing, the Raiders head coach praised his side for their resoluteness after a highly beneficial pre-season workout. 

“Both sides tried to play rugby in extreme conditions in the first half,” he said. “We probably dropped [our performance level] in the second half, but it was always going to be difficult for both teams. 

“It was a good hit-out for both sides in front of a great crowd.”

Despite conditions being tough for both sides, Crarey was especially pleased with the defensive aspect of the Raiders’ display.

“We pressed hard through the middle,” he added. “I thought our two back-rowers today, Ellis [Gillam] and Danny Langtree, were outstanding, especially their work ethic. 

“There are some little things that we’re doing well which we saw in this game.”

After the game, Crarey confirmed that Dan Toal could miss upcoming matches after pulling his calf, while Shane Toal suffered a suspected ligament injury in the warm-up ahead of Sunday’s game. 

Forward Carl Forster will also sit out next week’s friendly due to concussion protocols, but Malta international Jarrod Sammut could make his debut for the club after missing out against Workington through illness.

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