Danny Langtree: Swinton win needs to inspire belief

Barrow Raiders forward Danny Langtree says the squad must take the confidence of their recent Betfred Challenge Cup win at home to Swinton Lions into upcoming league fixtures.

Despite a winless start to their Betfred Championship campaign, the Raiders ran in five tries last Sunday to book their spot in the fourth round of the cup and set up a trip to Halifax Panthers.

Now the Raiders are off the mark in 2023, Langtree hopes to see an improvement on the league front, starting with their visit to Batley Bulldogs on Monday night.

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“We’ve been unlucky in the last few weeks, with losing at Swinton in Round 3 late on and drawing to Newcastle at home, so it’s good to get that first win,” he said.

“Hopefully now we can kick on from that win at the weekend and put some more points on the board in the league.”

Previewing their next fixture, Langtree added: “Batley are always a tough team to play against, especially at their place.

“If we want to get anything out the game, then we’ve got to be at our best.”

Langtree also admits he is relieved to have shaken off injury concerns in the early weeks of the season.

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The 32-year-old struggled with a hamstring injury and then a torn bicep during the previous campaign, restricting him to just 16 appearances in Raiders colours.

“I missed the Newcastle game after coming off against York, and I was just hoping it wasn’t going to be a repeat of last year.,” he said.

“Everything seems to be okay now and I’m just enjoying being out there with the lads again.”

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