Barrow Raiders returned to winning ways in the most dramatic fashion as Jarrod Sammut’s late drop-goal sealed a 23-22 victory over Bradford Bulls.

Despite trailing early on at Odsal, Paul Crarey’s side roared back to score 22 unanswered points, with tries either side of half-time from Gary Wheeler, Jake Carter and Nathan Mossop. Sammut converted each of the three tries, as well as adding two more penalties.

John Kear’s Bulls came back strongly, however, levelling the match thanks to Elliot Hall, Thomas Doyle and winger Matty Dawson-Jones, plus six points from the boot of Dec Patton.

There was time for a late twist in the tale, with Sammut nailing a one-pointer in the 79th minute.

The hosts had their own chance to share the spoils, but Jordan Lilley’s drop-goal attempt was charged down, allowing the Raiders to return to Cumbria with two competition points to their name.

Victory moves Barrow up to third in the Betfred Championship table, two points off top spot ahead of our Good Friday clash with league leaders Featherstone Rovers.

BRADFORD BULLS 22

Tries: Chester Butler, Elliot Hall, Thomas Doyle, Matty Dawson-Jones

Goals: Dec Patton 3

BARROW RAIDERS 23

Tries: Gary Wheeler, Jake Carter, Nathan Mossop

Goals: Jarrod Sammut 5

Drop-goals: Jarrod Sammut

Paul Crarey reaction

We caught up with head coach Paul Crarey following Sunday’s victory.


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