Barrow Raiders will face a Betfred Championship double-header this week as they prepare to take to the field twice in the space of three days. 

First up is a clash with 1895 Cup winners Leigh Centurions, which takes place at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium on Thursday 2 June, kicking off at 3:00pm. 

Following this, the Raiders will return to action on home soil against Widnes Vikings on Sunday 5 June, again with a 3:00pm kick-off. 

Squad depth will be tested as the Raiders’ 2022 campaign reaches the halfway mark with two difficult assignments in Cumbria. 

The opposition: Leigh Centurions

With the Centurions coming into Thursday’s clash full of confidence following their 1895 Cup triumph over fellow promotion hopefuls Featherstone Rovers, it promises to be a fierce examination of Paul Crarey’s squad.

Led by former Wigan Warriors boss Adrian Lam, Leigh boast a wealth of NRL, Super League and international talent, with their most recent signing coming in the shape of former Australia international and State of Origin star Blake Ferguson. 

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The Centurions’ sole league defeat so far this season came against Featherstone in Round 2, while they exited the Betfred Challenge Cup at the sixth round stage, despite a spirited display against Hull KR.

They also boast the strongest defence in the league, conceding an average of less than eight points across their 12 Betfred Championship fixtures so far in 2022.

The opposition: Widnes Vikings

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It has proved to be a difficult campaign so far for the Vikings, who remain without a permanent head coach since the departure of Simon Finnigan on April 26.

They have won just one of their last eight matches; a run which leaves them ninth in the division, five points behind the Raiders.

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However, with a number of powerful forwards to call upon, including Eribe Doro, on loan from Warrington Wolves, and Adam Lawton, formerly of Salford Red Devils, the Vikings have plenty of strike players who can hurt most sides in the division. 

And with experienced heads in the shape of half-back Matty Smith, utility forward Kenny Baker and Wales international Matty Fozard, the Vikings must not be underestimated on Sunday afternoon.

Paul Crarey preview

We caught up with Raiders head coach Paul Crarey ahead of the Jubilee week double-header.

Match information

Both of this week’s fixtures at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium are a 3:00pm kick-off, with ticket prices below.

Online prices:

  • Adults: £12
  • Concessions (over 65s): £10
  • Juniors (under 18s): Free

Pay on the Gate prices:

  • Adults: £17
  • Concessions (over 65s): £12
  • Juniors (under 18s): Free

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