Barrow Raiders captain Jarrad Stack insists his side have the belief to get back to winning ways as they prepare to host Batley Bulldogs this weekend.

The Raiders suffered defeat at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium for the first time in two years last weekend as they exited the Betfred Challenge Cup, despite a spirited display against Huddersfield Giants. 

Now attention returns to the Betfred Championship, with Paul Crarey’s side still unbeaten in the competition following their opening five matches.

Stack, who produced a stand-out display in their recent cup display, believes the squad are ready to put Sunday’s defeat behind them and bounce back quickly.

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“Before the weekend, I don’t think we’d been beaten at home for two years,” he said. “We are always comfortable on our own patch.

“There’s no easy game in the Championship, so we can’t take anything for granted. Hopefully we can keep the momentum and continue our unbeaten streak.”

Stack also echoed the recent thoughts of young forward Charlie Emslie, who claimed that the Raiders have what it takes to remain unbeaten on home soil in the Championship this season.

Jarrad Stack in Betfred Challenge Cup action against Huddersfield Giants.

“I think there’s a belief that we can beat every team in this league, whether it’s home and away,” he said.

“If everyone’s on the same page, wanting to win week in, week out, I can’t see why we can’t go unbeaten [at home]. 

“Teams like Leigh and Featherstone, they’re going to be hard to play against, but if everyone has that belief, it’s only going to be a positive for us.”

The Raiders captain has also been quick to praise the club’s vocal home following, with over 3,000 in attendance for last weekend’s Challenge Cup clash against the Giants.

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“I honestly think that we’ve got the best fanbase in the Championship. They’re unbelievable.

“This year has been one of the best years for our team camaraderie too. Everyone buzzes off each other, and the winning feeling keeps us going.”

Previewing Sunday’s game against Batley, he added: “They’re always a difficult team to play, even though they have got a few injuries.

“I think we’ve got what it takes to beat them. We might have a few fresh faces back in this week, just to give us that little boost.”


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