Following a run of five successive victories in the Betfred Championship, Barrow Raiders will be given the sternest test of all when they visit promotion favourites Leigh Centurions this weekend.

The Raiders will be in confident mood after recording an unbeaten July, capped off by last weekend’s hard-fought 36-24 win over Widnes Vikings at the 2022 Summer Bash. 

Having overcome in-form opposition last time out, Paul Crarey’s must now prepare to face a side littered with Super League, NRL and international honours. 

But having ran the Centurions close when they visited the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium earlier this year, it promises to be an intriguing clash as the regular season edges closer to its conclusion. 

The Opposition

Photo credit: Leigh Centurions

Without doubt, Leigh Centurions are the team to beat in 2022.

Having triumphed in the 1895 Cup Final at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this year, the Centurions emphasised their superiority with a 46-16 victory over nearest challengers Featherstone Rovers last weekend.

Add into the mix the recent capture of Papua New Guinea international half-back Lachlan Lam, son of Leigh boss Adrian, and a contract extension for talented outside back Blake Ferguson, they have a team hoping to go all the way in the end-of-season play-offs.

It promises to be a difficult test for the Raiders as they look to consolidate a place in the play-offs with just six rounds left to play. 

Paul Crarey preview

We spoke with Raiders head coach Paul Crarey ahead of Sunday’s trip to Leigh Sports Village.

Nathan Mossop preview

Barrow Raiders’ recent winning streak stands the squad in good stead heading into a difficult month of fixtures, according to hooker Nathan Mossop.

Victory over Widnes Vikings at the Summer Bash saw Paul Crarey’s side climb to fifth in the Betfred Championship table and further enhance their hopes of a play-off place.

“As a group, we’re all self-aware of where we’re at,” he said. “We’ve done fantastically this season, perhaps exceeding a few people’s predictions on where we were going to finish in the league. 

“It isn’t done yet, but we’ve certainly guaranteed our safety now and cemented our place in the play-offs.”

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Match Information

Sunday’s fixture at Leigh Sports Village kicks off at 3:00pm. Match tickets are priced as follows:

  • Adults: £23
  • Over 65s / 18-21yrs: £17
  • 12-17yrs: £7
  • 5-11yrs: £5

Buy your tickets for Sunday’s trip to Leigh Centurions!