Barrow Raiders utility back Luke Broadbent insists the squad will need to be on top of their game to get anything out of Sunday’s trip to Bradford Bulls in Round 10 of the Betfred Championship.

Having tasted victory at Odsal in each of the last two seasons, the Raiders will look to make it a hat-trick of wins and continue to put further breathing space between themselves and the teams below.

Prior to their last-gasp 23-22 victory over the Bulls in 2022, the Raiders hadn’t won at the iconic West Yorkshire venue since 1963.

And with just four points separating over half of the division – fifth-placed Toulouse Olympique boast five wins from nine games, just two more than 13th-placed Halifax Panthers – Broadbent understands the importance of not letting standards slip this weekend as Paul Crarey’s side eye their first away league win of the season.

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“Odsal is always a tough place to go,” he admitted.

“Bradford will be hungry to get back to winning ways after a defeat to Batley last time out, but if we stick to the game plan Cresta has given us, then there’s no reason why we can’t earn another win at their place.

“We know it’ll be tough, and Bradford have brought in some big players this year and are looking to be a top four side. Containing some of their top players is a challenge we’re all excited for.”

The Raiders come into Sunday’s game off the back of their best performance of the season – a 25-12 victory over Featherstone Rovers at the Northern Competitions Stadium.

Broadbent scored the all-important final Raiders try in that game and says the manner of last week’s display means the squad have a real platform to build from moving deeper into the middle third of the season.

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He said: “There’s a good feeling around the team at the minute after some good performances. The lads who have come in on dual-reg are starting to gel into the team, and the results are showing on the pitch.

“The performance was the best so far this season. We stuck to the game plan given to us and it paid off.

“I feel we owed Featherstone one after we pushed them close at home last year and narrowly missed out on a victory. They are always a top Championship club, so to beat them at home in front of our own fans was even better.

“I feel our team has the ability to compete with any team in the league, and last weekend’s result proved that.”

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