Barrow Raiders ended their four-game winless run with a convincing 26-12 victory over Workington Town in the Betfred Championship.
Even without the presence of influential half-back Jarrod Sammut – away on international duty with Malta – and the ever-threatening Hakim Miloudi, the hosts were worthy winners in front of a near-2,500 crowd at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium.
Brett Carter’s diving finish in the corner set the Raiders on their way inside five minutes, before Carl Forster and Ryan Johnston extended their lead inside the opening quarter.
Luke Cresswell latched onto Jake Carter’s teasing kick not long after, and a further Carter penalty goal saw Paul Crarey’s side lead 22-0 at half-time.
However, after a significant spell of second half pressure, the visitors finally bagged their first points on 63 minutes as William Tate’s converted try brought them to within 16 points.
And although Evan Simons’ score threatened a Town comeback inside the final 10 minutes, Dan Toal was on-hand to finish off Charlie Emslie’s superb break to wrap up a derby day victory late on for the Raiders, who are sixth in the table and level on points with Batley Bulldogs.
BARROW RAIDERS 26
Tries: Brett Carter, Carl Forster, Ryan Johnston, Luke Cresswell, Dan Toal
Goals: Jake Carter 3
WORKINGTON TOWN 12
Tries: William Tate, Evan Simons
Goals: Carl Forber 2
Paul Crarey reaction
We caught up with Raiders head coach Paul Crarey following yesterday’s victory.
Raiders coach Paul Crarey gives his thoughts following a solid 26-12 victory over @WorkingtonTown at The Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium in a tough Cumbrian derby encounter.
Full interview available on our Facebook page now. pic.twitter.com/TNlsvc1XPj
— Barrow Raiders (@BarrowRaiders) May 15, 2022
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