Barrow Raiders 60 - 0 Newcastle Thunder

Barrow Raiders 60 - 0 Newcastle Thunder

25th September 2017

Newcastle Thunder’s involvement in the 2017 Kingstone Press League 1 promotion play-offs concluded at the semi-final stage on Sunday, as they fell to a 60-0 loss away to Barrow Raiders.

Qualifying for the play offs after a gritty 24-26 win over York City Knights one week prior, there was to be no giant killing upset at Craven Park, as the Raiders underlined their credentials as the division’s form team behind the Toronto Wolfpack.

Thunder had travelled to Cumbria openly acknowledging their status as underdogs, but after only narrowly being beaten by the Raiders 28-30 in their last meeting, did harbour some hope that progression into the final could be possible.

In a strong start, Thunder made the Raiders face a repeat set when pressure forced them to concede a goal line drop out, but the ruthlessness Paul Crarey’s side had demonstrated twice already this season came to the fore two minutes in.

In their first real attack of the game, halfback Jamie Dallimore, who would prove to be a key figure for the Raiders with 28 points in the game, sent Ollie Wilkes crashing over with a good pass from dummy half.

18-0 down in as many minutes, Thunder started creating opportunities for themselves and holding the Raiders at bay, but errors prevented them from making any inroads, before the Raiders moved further ahead as the half time hooter sounded.

Unlike at Kingston Park in August, the half time break failed to provide Thunder with a spark and a way back into the game and in a one way traffic second 40, the Raiders piled on a further 38 points as the set up an all Cumbrian promotion play off final against Whitehaven.

And while the manner of the loss proved disappointing, Thunder will take the momentum from a season of real progress into the 2018 campaign.

Newcastle Thunder

Lewis Young, Dan Parker, Derrell Olpherts, Joe Brown, Ali Blair, Tom Shaw, Benn Hardcastle, Liam McAvoy, Evan Simons, Callum Bustin, Rhys Clarke, Harry Aldous, Jack Aldous, Matty Barron, Dan Turland, Vincent Rennie, Aaron Teroi.



Barrow Raiders

Ryan Fieldhouse, Brett Carter, Declan Hulme, Ezzie Harper, Shane Toal, Jamie Dallimore, Lewis Charnock, Joe Bullock, Karl Ashall, Ollie Wilkes, Danny Morrow, Jarrard Stack, Dan Toal, Brad Marwood, Tom Walker, Matty While, James Duerden

Tries: Wilkes (7) Toal (11, 54) Dallimore (18, 76) Carter (40) Fieldhouse (51) Marwood (61, 80) Charnock (70)    

Goals: Dallimore (7, 11, 18, 49, 52, 56, 61, 71, 76) Marwood (52)

Barrow Raiders 60 - 0 Newcastle Thunder