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.
Post Match: Bradford Bulls
Paul Crarey was pleased with his side's commitment this afternoon.
🗣️"You can make excuses when you've got players missing … or you can use it as a little challenge for your team" pic.twitter.com/qYAdkJXTe6
— Barrow Raiders (@BarrowRaiders) April 10, 2022
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