Paul Crarey hails Raiders squad for ‘creating history’ at Odsal

Barrow Raiders head coach Paul Crarey says his side created their “own piece of history” after securing a last-gasp 23-22 victory over Bradford Bulls in the Betfred Championship.

Having led 22-4 midway through the second half, the Raiders were pegged back by the hosts at Odsal, only for Jarrod Sammut to haunt his former club with a late drop-goal. 

Victory was even more impressive considering the absence of several first team regulars, including in-form winger Tee Ritson, half-back Ryan Johnston and powerful forward Anton Iaria.

The result moves the Raiders up to third in the table, and Crarey was quick to praise the efforts of his side as they returned to winning ways following a run of three matches without victory.

“It was a rollercoaster ride for my heart, I’ll tell you that,” he joked post-match. 

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“We haven’t won here since 1963, so we’ve created our own piece of history today. It shows the depth of our squad, the commitment of the players coming in. 

“We just ground it out; something that we haven’t done over the past couple of games.

“We took our chances too. It was harum-scarum stuff at the end when Mossy [Nathan Mossop] got sin-binned. Carl Forster did a massive 72 minutes.

“It was like the tide coming in at the end, but we dug deep.”

John Kear’s Bradford side had won four of their six league games in 2022, prior to the Raiders’ visit to Odsal. 

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Crarey admits he was pleased with how his side dealt with the magnitude of the occasion and snatched victory in the closing stages.

“We managed a massive win against an in-form team,” he said. 

“In the history of the game, it’s a very difficult place to come, but we’ve created our own piece of history today as a team.”

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