Barrow Raiders head coach Paul Crarey has urged his players to give a good account of themselves as they prepare for a Good Friday trip to Betfred Championship leaders Featherstone Rovers.

The Raiders are yet to taste defeat on the road in 2022 but come up against the only unbeaten side remaining in the competition. 

Brian McDermott’s Rovers, who put in an admirable display in their recent 27-14 Betfred Challenge Cup defeat to Catalans Dragons, have won six and drawn one of their opening seven Championship fixtures this season.

They hold a one-point advantage at the top of the division over fellow promotion frontrunners Leigh Centurions, with the Raiders another point further adrift in third after a fantastic start to their 2022 campaign.

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It promises to be a huge challenge, but one that Crarey is excited for.

“We’ve done really well at Featherstone in the past and they’re a cracking team,” he said. “They’ve spent wisely and it’ll be a massive challenge for us. It’ll be a free hit for everybody that plays there.

“Leigh and Featherstone are the two best teams in the competition, but Batley ran them [Rovers] close. I watched the game and they were good for the draw.

“We’ll be looking to go there and give a good account of ourselves, even though it’s a short turnaround.”

The Raiders head coach was also quick to praise the away following that cheered his side on during last Sunday’s dramatic 23-22 victory over Bradford Bulls at Odsal.

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He will be hoping for a similarly vocal support as the Raiders prepare to face off against the division’s early pace-setters at the Millennium Stadium.

“I forgot to mention it after the [Bradford] game, I was that excited, but they were absolutely brilliant! I’d just like to thank the support, which has been fantastic.”

He added: “We’ve set our stall out and haven’t lost on the road yet this season.

“It’s a massive mountain to climb this week, but we’re up for the challenge.”


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