In Opposition - Barrow Raiders

In Opposition - Barrow Raiders

10th August 2017

Newcastle Thunder face Cumbrian opposition for a third consecutive week this Saturday, as Barrow Raiders make a second visit of the season to Kingston Park Stadium in round three of the Kingstone Press League 1 Super 8s. (KO 7pm)

Part of a tightening battle to secure a top five play-off place, head coach Jason Payne will be demanding an improved performance from his charges after enduring a difficult couple of weeks.

Only five points cover fourth to eighth in the table and with games against their chief rivals still to come, a strong performance and result against Barrow can lay firm foundations for a push during the season run in.

The Raiders travel to the North East two from two in their Super 8 campaign, having recorded an impressive 2-15 win over Whitehaven in round one, followed by a narrow 14-10 triumph over Doncaster last weekend in wet and windy conditions on the Barrow peninsular.

Paul Crarey’s side have been one of the form teams of the year and their performances to date see them sit joint second in the table with Whitehaven, with both teams locked on 29 points.

Following Toronto’s loss to York on the opening week of the Super 8s, the Craven Park side are within three points of top spot and automatic promotion at the end of the season and with a game still to come against the Wolfpack, will be determined to make it back to back wins on Thunder’s home turf.

Excluding their last visit, where a red card for Thunder skewed the result squarely in the directon of the visitors, recent games between the two sides have been close affairs.

In their first meeting for three years back in April 2015, Newcastle enjoyed a 34-22 win at Kingston Park, before Barrow took the spoils in a 16-4 in the return fixture that June, while their solitary meeting last season at Craven Park ended in an entertaining 24 all draw.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are on sale now, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for Under 16s, with the game forming part of a rugby triple header at Kingston Park Stadium as union stablemates Newcastle Falcons play a pair of pre-season friendlies earlier in the day.

Tickets cover admission to all three games, with the first fixture kicking off at 14:00.


Three to Watch.

Jarrad Stack - Australian second row Stack is a new addition into the Raiders ranks for 2017, having made the switch to Craven Park following an eight year stint at Workington.

Closing in on 200 career appearances and having scored over 67 tries, he has proven to be a key part of the Raiders success so far this season.


Lewis Charnock - Former st Helens half back Charnock has proved to be a tough and dynamic addition to the Raiders squad after joining the club last winter.

Just 22, he brings Super League experience and has been a key points scorer, with 12 tries and 97 goals in his 23 appearances for the year.


Jamie Dallimore - Scrum half Dallimore is enjoying a strong second season at Craven Park and will head into this weekend’s game filled with confidence, after being at the root of the Raiders win over Doncaster last weekend.

A vastly experienced player with over 130 career, he will be a key figure for Barrow.

In Opposition - Barrow Raiders