Barrow Raiders produced a superb second half display to edge fellow play-off contenders Sheffield Eagles 36-32 in a Betfred Championship thriller.

Paul Crarey’s visitors remarkably overturned a 20-point deficit with a quarter of the game remaining to establish a seven-point cushion over the sides below them in the league table. 

Matty Chrimes and Tee Ritson exchanged early tries, but the Eagles took control of the opening 40 minutes as further scores from Ben Jones-Bishop, Cory Aston and Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e put them 22-12 ahead, despite Jarrad Stack getting on the scoresheet for his 100th career try. 

Joel Farrell and Jones-Bishop’s second of the match stretched the hosts’ lead, before an incredible final 20 minutes saw the match turned on its head. 

Ryan Johnston scored his third of the season to give the Raiders a glimmer of hope, before two more quickfire tries from Ellis Gillam and Shane Toal made it 32-28. 

And in the most dramatic of endings, Ritson found himself on the end of a Hakim Miloudi offload before fighting his way over to win it for the away side.

Sunday’s result means the Raiders have now won three consecutive matches, leaving them with plenty of confidence ahead of next weekend’s clash with Bradford Bulls at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium. 

SHEFFIELD EAGLES 32

Tries: Matty Chrimes, Ben Jones-Bishop 2, Cory Aston, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Joel Farrell

Goals: Josh Guzdek 4

BARROW RAIDERS 36

Tries: Tee Ritson 2, Jarrad Stack, Ryan Johnston, Ellis Gillam, Shane Toal

Goals: Ryan Shaw 6

Paul Crarey reaction

We caught up with Raiders head coach Paul Crarey post-match. 

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