Date published: Monday, August 6, 2012

THE pattern for this game was set in the first 20 minutes when we conceded five penalties on the run — four of them deep in the Barrow half when we had worked hard to try and establish a foothold in that end of the pitch.

Every time we got up there, it seemed, we gave Barrow an easy way out, and instead of playing them in their their 20-metre zone and applying the pressure we found ourselves without the ball at the other end of the field and being put under pressure by them.

Moreover, our defence wasn’t at its strongest, to put it kindly, and as a consequence of those two features — penalties and poor defence — Barrow were able to fly into a 22-0 lead inside the first half hour.

We pegged back six points with a Jamie Dallimore try, which he also converted, but on the stroke of half-time Raiders increased their lead to 26-6 with a try by Raiders skipper Liam Harrison, his second of the match.

We shaped better in the second half, but we were still unable to prevent two further tries by Barrow’s young centre Ryan Shaw, who capitalised twice on John Gillam’s problems under the high ball.

Trailing 38-6 by now, we had already managed to go the ten minutes that Neil Roden was in the sin-bin (harsh decision for a technicality) without conceding, and then we hit back with two tries of our own, the first by Liam Gilchrist and the second by Paul Smith.

That took it to 38-16, but near the end Barrow finished off the scoring with a try in the corner by winger Lee Haney.

Scorers: Oldham — goals, Dallimore (2), tries, Dallimore, Gilchrist, Smith; Barrow: goals, Shaw (5); tries, Campbell, Harrison (2), Shaw (4), Haney.

Barrow: Ballard; Haney, Shaw, Low, Nixon; Kaighan, Campbell; Brennan, Dandy, Venter, Harrison, Bracek, Gordon. Subs: Finch, Ostler, Duffy, Dawson.

Oldham: Greenwood; Foxen, Cookson, McCully, Gillam; N Roden, Dallimore; Boults, Clough, Gilchrist, Noone, Smith, Bentley. Subs: Ward, Thompson, Clarke, Stenchion.

Referee: P Brooke; Att: 1, 337.