Barrow Raiders face another difficult test on the road this weekend as they travel to Batley Bulldogs in the Betfred Championship.
Both sides will be looking to bounce back from defeats last weekend, and with just three points and two positions separating the sides in the league table, it promises to be an intriguing contest between two sides who could yet face each other in the end-of-season play-offs.
With two more tricky-looking fixtures to come later this month, Paul Crarey’s side will be keen to pick up a win that would mathematically seal their place in the top six.
Craig Lingard’s Bulldogs currently sit fourth in the division, having played twice last week.
Wednesday’s 32-22 victory at home to Sheffield Eagles was followed up by a disappointing 34-18 loss to high-flying Halifax Panthers on Sunday, leaving Batley with much to ponder heading into this weekend’s Championship clash.
Prior to their midweek triumph, the Bulldogs had failed to win at home since June 12, drawing 26-26 with Whitehaven before losing 24-18 to Widnes Vikings.
The club boasts a number of top-quality players, with full-back Luke Hooley and half-back Tom Gilmore particularly catching the eye.
And with experience in the shape of veteran forward James Brown and hooker Alistair Leek, who is nearing 200 appearances for the Bulldogs, Sunday’s hosts have plenty of players capable of hurting the Raiders.
Paul Crarey preview
Head coach Paul Crarey gave us his thoughts ahead of Sunday.
The Betfred Championship takes no prisoners and it’s another tough game on Sunday.
Paul Crarey🗣️ “It’s tough at the top end and it’s tough at the bottom end. We’ve got to go there and compete and try and get a result.” pic.twitter.com/hU1jSA7oc7
— Barrow Raiders (@BarrowRaiders) August 12, 2022
Sam Brooks preview
Barrow Raiders forward Sam Brooks believes the wealth of options available to head coach Paul Crarey is one of the overriding reasons behind the club’s success this season.
On their return to the Betfred Championship, the Raiders have exceeded all expectations to put themselves in play-off contention. And with such competition for places, Brooks is confident that the Raiders have the character and quality to quickly put last week’s defeat to Leigh Centurions behind them.
“We’ve got a lot of quality throughout the team and when people are called up we know that they’ll do a good job,” he said.
“I think everyone, from 1-17, is confident that they can put in a good performance on matchday, and more often than not this year we’ve got wins from that.”
Sunday’s fixture at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium kicks off at 3:00pm. Match tickets are priced as follows:
- Adults: £18
- Concessions: £13
- Juniors: £2
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