Barrow Raiders 10-24 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar) in association with A1 Stairlifts.
The Cougars picked up another valuable three points on the road after inflicting a tenth consecutive defeat on already relegated Barrow Raiders in wet and blustery conditions in Cumbria.
In a poor first half, the Cougars opened the scoring on the 18th minute mark when after Ben Davies was penalised for dissent, Paul Handforth found a bus sized gap in the Raider line to race through and touchdown next to the posts.
Eight minutes later, following a penalty for holding down in the tackle, some clever passing from Tiger and James Haley sent Paul White over in the corner to double the visitors lead.
Cougars opened the scoring after the hooter after a clever looping kick a quarter of an hour into the second period caught out Raiders winger Bradley Goulding and allowed James Craven an easy score underneath the Barrow sticks.
Speaking post match, Paul March said this was the turning point of the game: “The try early in the second half which opened up an eighteen point gap won us the match, they were in it until that point and sides who have been relegated are more dangerous as they’re playing for pride in the shirt and the badge.”
Barrow finally opened the scoring for themselves when a Liam Campbell kick slid through the grasps of two Cougar defenders and Nathan Mossop’s hands before being touched down just inches from the whitewash by centre Max Wiper.
After camping on the Raiders line with minutes remaining, Keighley extended the lead further when Handforth squeezed over to grab his second of the afternoon in the driving rain and rule out any possibility of the Raiders even picking up a bonus point.
Raiders managed to close the gap to fourteen three minutes from time when Bradley Goulding, son of coach Bobbie, crossed after some hard graft by Campbell to grab a try for himself
Yorkshire Times Man of the Match – Paul Handforth – Tiger shone brightest on the bleakest of days, controlling the play around the Craven Park pitch, he also chipped in with two of Cougars four tries on the day.
COUGARS: Craven, Barnett, Lawton, Haley, White, Jones, Handforth, Shickell, Feather, Hesketh, Lynam, Rawlins, Lindsay. Interchanges (All Used): March, Jode Sheriffe, Cherryholme, Haigh.
RAIDERS: Shaw, Goulding, Hambley, Wiper, Grant, Karalius, Campbell, Burke, Mossop, Davies, Harrison, Briscoe, Dwyer. Interchanges (All Used): Lloyd, Jones, Palmer, Bullock.