Another Cumbrian derby is on the horizon for Barrow Raiders as they prepare to welcome Whitehaven to the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium.

The Raiders will come into the Round 18 Betfred Championship fixture full of confidence, having beaten third-placed York City Knights away from home last weekend. 

Paul Crarey’s side will also be keen to rectify the struggles they faced on home soil last time out, after falling to a 43-18 defeat to in-form Halifax Panthers, live on Premier Sports.

Nevertheless, Sunday’s fixture gives the Raiders the opportunity to further solidify their play-off credentials ahead of three consecutive fixtures against the sides closest to challenging them for a place in the top six. 

The Opposition

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Whitehaven have won just four of their league matches so far in 2022, but having fought hard against the Raiders when the sides met in February, there must be no underestimating their quality.

With the likes of Australian outside back Geronimo Doyle and powerful second-rower Ryan King in their ranks, Jonty Gorley’s side have players capable of challenging the very best in the division.

That was underlined by their recent 26-26 draw against play-off hopefuls Batley Bulldogs, with Haven coming from 14 points behind after just seven minutes to share the spoils – and they may well be disappointed to have let a late four-point advantage slip in the closing stages.

Despite their promising result last weekend, Sunday’s visitors will be without Corentin Le Cam and Cesar Rouge, though, after the French duo were recalled by parent club Catalans Dragons due to injuries and suspension. 

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Match Information

Sunday’s fixture at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium kicks off at 3:00pm. Match tickets are priced as follows:

  • Adults: £12
  • Concessions (Over 65s): £10
  • Juniors: Free

Buy your tickets for Sunday’s clash with Whitehaven!