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Matchday Live! Barrow V Crusaders

Welcome to Matchday Live as we make the trip north to take on Betfred Championship outfit Barrow Raiders in our first, and only, pre-season fixture!

The Game

15:00 - Kick-off! For the first time is 2024, we're underway! Let's go, boys!

15:06 - TRY! What a start from the boys! Matt Unsworth makes his way over the line to give Carl Forster's side an early lead. Owain Abel converts 0-6.

15:08 - We're awarded a penalty as Barrow are pulled up for laying on, but we fail to make use of the ball knocking on and handing possession back to the hosts.

15:10 - We show strength in defence keeping Barrow out only to cough up possession 10m out from out own line following a handling error.

15:12 - Try Barrow! The home side respond making good use of their field position and Ryan Shaw runs through to score. 6-6.

15:17 - Try Barrow! The host take the lead, making Crusaders pay for conceding consecutive penalties, Tom Wilkinson goes over. 12-6.

15:22 - Try Barrow! Barrow are beginning to show their class as James Greenwood finishes a nice move to extend the home side's lead. Conversion missed, 16-6.

15:25 - Try Barrow! It's proving to be a tough start as Barrow continue to dominate despite our strong start. Ryan Johnson is over on this occasion. 22-6.

15:29 - TRY CRUSADERS!! We compose ourselves together and hit back through Toby Hughes, Abel adds the extras. 22-12.

15:31 - Far from a bad showing up to now and Carl Forster will have plenty of positives to take from this first-half.

15:32 - Try Barrow! An incorrect play of the ball sees the hosts awarded a penalty, and they make us pay for the mistake as Luke Cresford runs over. 28-12.

15:37 - We're in a good attacking position taking head a feed 20m out from the Barrow line.

15:39 - Good attacking pressure is matched by equally good defence from the home side.

15:40 - Half-Time, Barrow 28-12 North Wales Crusaders. It's a good showing against higher league opposition with the main difference coming as the home side punish our errors.

15:55 - Kick-Off - Ryan Shaw gets us back underway here at Craven Park! 28-12.

16:00 - Following a stoppage in play to deal with a Crusaders injury, we knock-on at the restart and hand Barrow possession.

16:08 - Both teams completing sets and making changes as they rotate their squads in this pre-season encounter.

16:10 - Try Barrow! The home side open the second half scoring as Ryan Johnston finishes off a nice move down the wing.

16:17 - An even contest at present as both sides look to attack with the night drawing in here in Barrow. 32-12.

16:28 - TRY CRUSADERS!! We're in again as Pat Ah Van marks his return to the club with a try out wide! 32-16.

16:31 - Abel slots over the conversion as an attendance of 934 is announced including a notable away following! Thank you all for your continued support! 32-18.

16:34 - FULL TIME! Barrow Raiders 32-18, Carl Forster will be taking the positives from this one as we've shown fantastic spirit against higher league opponents in our first run out of the year. We now look forward to welcoming you all to Colwyn Bay on January 28th when we host Swinton Lions. You can purchase your tickets by clicking HERE.




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