Barrow Game

Date published: Sunday, April 15, 2012

ROUGHYEDS are urging fans to turn up in force at Whitebank this afternoon (3pm kick off) for what should be a cracking Challenge Cup tie against Barrow, played in front of a good crowd with a typical cup-tie atmosphere.

This is what the rival coaches had to say in their last interviews before it was time for the talking to stop.

Tony Benson: “Both sides will be fired up and ready to go. We are hurting after losing at Rochdale, just like the Raiders will be hurting after what happened here in the league game a fortnight ago.

“It’s a winnable tie for both teams. I don’t think either of us played to our full potential last time. ¬†We can play a lot better and we know Barrow can too.

“The last game won’t have any bearing on this one. We were feeling each other out last time, but we now know a lot more about each other and will go into this better prepared.”

Darren Holt, who will play: “Bar the first ten minutes of the last game it was our worst performance of the season so far. Watching the DVD was like watching a horror show.

“Our aim this time is to play with energy and intensity on the very small pitch, complete our sets and stick to our game plan more than we did last time.

“The team let themselves down a fortnight ago and I’m looking for them to set the record straight this weekend. Last time we didn’t even play at 60 or 70 per cent. We were very, very poor.”

Liam Harrison, Barrow captain: “A lot of people got a wake-up call last time. A few harsh words were said between coaching staff and players about how they felt we played. We know we can play a lot better. We’ve got to have the right attitude and be fully focused from the moment we step off the bus.”