Forward Charlie Emslie has praised the squad following Sunday’s dramatic victory over Rochdale as Barrow’s title hopes continue this weekend with the final game of the season.
Paul Crarey’s side scored inside the last two minutes of play at the Crown Oil Arena against Hornets to claim a 32-30 victory, with tries from Luke Cresswell, Tee Ritson, Jake Carter and Declan Hulme, while Ryan Shaw displayed a strong performance off the boot, converting 8/8 including the match winner.
The victory meant that Barrow reclaimed their spot at the top of the table over Workington.
“It was a great win under the circumstances of the game,” said Emslie, who featured from the bench in the clash.
“We always knew it was going to be a tough game. Rochdale can be a good side when they play well and both teams had something to play for. They were looking for a play off place and we obviously needed the win to keep our title hopes alive.
“All the lads showed amazing character to keep going until the death and to cross the finish line as winners. We’ve been on the opposite side to a last minute winner at Doncaster so it’s good to be on the other side of it when it mattered most.”
Raiders return home to the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium for the final time of the 2021 regular season against West Wales Raiders, and a win will see the side lift the League 1 trophy.
Emslie added: “It’s huge game this weekend. Everyone else is expecting an easy win for us but there are no easy games in rugby league, we need to go into the game like we would any other and get the job done so we can claim that top spot.
“We believe we are the best team in the league and the table proves that. It’s a shame that we had to call our game against Workington off due to Covid and I’m sure all the fans were looking forward to another top of the table clash and a Cumbrian derby but that’s the way it’s been this year. Workington had another two games called off as well so it’s been a strange year.
”Every week that we have been top of the league there has been pressure on us but it is up to us to ignore the pressure and just crack on with what we need to do and get the job done every week. Of course there’s more pressure on us this week because this game decides the outcome of our season but like I said we will just treat this like any other game.”
Supporters can attend the fixture for free before 1:00pm, while tickets are available online. The biggest 80-minutes of the season will also be streamed live on Our League this weekend, with the clash set to kick-off at 3:00pm.
On the support this season, Emslie added: “The fans have been amazing this year. I’m only in my debut season so having the support from the fans makes it a lot easier and gives us a boost.
“Some fans have travelled all over the country with us and I think we have the best fan base in the league. To be able to lift that trophy in front of a home crowd will feel special and it’ll be a credit to all their support over this past year.”