A spirited display wasn’t enough to see Barrow Raiders record back-to-back wins as they fell to a 36-24 defeat at Bradford Bulls in Round 10 of the Betfred Championship.

A slow start saw the Raiders fall 16-0 down inside the opening quarter, and despite threatening the Bulls at times, they never managed to claw back the deficit as the hosts picked up their sixth league win of the season.

Chester Butler opened the scoring with six minutes gone, and it took a further six for former NRL forward Jayden Okunbor to cross for their second of the day.

Zac Fulton received a knock-down to touch down not long after following a kick to the corner, with the boot of Jordan Lilley making it 16-0.

The Raiders fought back well and scored their first points with 21 minutes gone. The home defence failed to deal with a teasing kick from Adam Jackson – deputising for Ryan Johnston, who was absent with a minor injury – and Max Clarke took advantage to score against his former club.

Soon after, Ryan Shaw touched down in the corner but failed to convert, making it 16-10. However, a penalty on the stroke of half-time allowed him to make amends and reduce the deficit to four at the break.

The Bulls were quick out of the blocks in the second 40, scoring twice in seven minutes through Jayden Myers to extend their advantage.

Not long after, they were reduced to 12 men as Eribe Doro was shown a straight red card, and Luke Broadbent soon made the most of the numerical mismatch to collect a loose ball and dummy his way over to bring the Raiders back to within eight.

The Raiders pushed hard to continue the fightback, but a telling blow was struck on 65 minutes as Kieran Gill powered over from close range.

A Lilley penalty goal made it 34-18 with less than 10 to play, but it would be the Raiders who responded well as Ellis Gillam took a pass from Jackson and went in unopposed for his second try of the season.

The scoring was rounded off by another Lilley penalty goal after the hooter had sounded at Odsal.

The Raiders will now enjoy a week off as the finals of the men’s and women’s Betfred Challenge Cup take centre stage at Wembley alongside the 1895 Cup final.

They will return to action against Halifax Panthers on Sunday 15 June, as part of another double-header at the Northern Competitions Stadium as Barrow Ladies host Wigan Warriors earlier in the day.

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BRADFORD BULLS 36

Tries: Butler, Okunbor, Fulton, Myers 2, Gill

Goals: Lilley 6

BARROW RAIDERS 24

Tries: Clarke, Shaw, Broadbent, Gillam

Goals: Shaw 4

Paul Crarey reaction

Raiders head coach Paul Crarey gives his thoughts following Sunday’s defeat at Odsal.

Jarrad Stack reaction

Hear from captain Jarrad Stack after he made his 150th appearance for the club on Sunday.

Photo credit: Simon Hall

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