Cumbria has more part timers/ amateurs playing per capita than anywhere in thw world out side of sections of Aussie.
We had SIX Barrovians playing yesterday & if not for injuries would have had more...............
North West Evening MailRaidersNewsRaiders back with a bang to crush Widnes with video
Last updated at 15:11, Monday, 06 September 2010
Raiders v Widnes Match Highlights Click Here
TOUCHDOWN: Matt James dives on a loose ball to score a try for Raiders
CRUSHING display from a rejuvenated Barrow Raiders saw them destroy Widnes in the Championship play-offs.
Returning forward Matt James hailed the efforts of a home side who ran out 38-0 winners with a magnificent performance from start to finish.
James, in his first game for more than four months, was one of six Barrow try-scorers in a win that sets up a home clash with Sheffield this week. A brace from Liam Campbell, plus scores from Ned Catic, Liam Harrison, James Coyle and Andy Ballard ensured a complete rout for caretaker coach Dave Clark and his men.
“It was a massive effort from the guys,” said James, who has been out since May with an ankle injury. “Since the last game (the 72-20 defeat by Featherstone) the boys have been training really, really hard and that has shown in the way it has paid off today.
“With the enthusiasm from the guys, it is just easy to come into a team like that, playing with such enthusiasm and desire for each other. We’ve still got a few games to go, but I am thrilled to bits with how it has gone today. We didn’t concede a point, everyone was just working for each other and everyone showed up tonight.”
Barrow had lost their three previous matches – to Dewsbury, Widnes and Featherstone – before yesterday, and James said: “The recent results, they can make or break a team.
“Widnes are no mugs and I don’t think they particularly played badly, we just played really well. It bodes well for the next few rounds.
“We’re not looking to end the season early whatsoever – we want to get through to the final.”
He added: “We have a tight group of players who have really bought into what Dave Clark has brought to the club since he has come back.
“It doesn’t take a genius to realise we have just stuck to what he has told us to do, and that has paid off.
“The players have been really determined to succeed.
“We have shown tonight there is a quality in the team to go anywhere and we don’t fear anybody in the league.”
Edited by mick wilson, 06 September 2010 - 04:12 PM.