Raiders edge ‘high quality’ gameDate published: Monday, May 11, 2015
DESCRIBING his side’s 30-18 win as a “high quality” game, Barrow boss Paul Crarey praised both teams and lauded the job Scott Naylor has done at Whitebank in two and a bit seasons.
“He’s worked wonders down there,” said Crarey. “And I just hope we can do the same here.
“This was a full-blooded contest in which the stats underlined what everybody already knew . . . this was high quality stuff in which both sides had a first-half completion rate of more than 85 per cent. I don’t know about Oldham, but that was easily our best of the season so far.
“The score didn’t reflect what Oldham put in or how close the battle was until we earned a bit of daylight near the end.”
Though disappointed to surrender an unbeaten league record in game six, Scott said there would be many more evenly-contested battles like this and his side needed to learn how to manage them.
Added Oldham’s boss: “Barrow deserved to win because they managed the game better than we did.
“Their kicking game was better than ours and they put us under more pressure than we applied on them.
“We also gave away too many penalties. You can’t come to a place like this and give a home side so many extra sets and so much field position, and expect to win.
“I can’t possibly criticise my lads as far as effort is concerned. The amount of tackling they had to do on our own try line was awesome. It was an incredible effort, but if we had managed the game better we wouldn’t have had to do all that tackling.
“I have to commend my middle unit for the amount of work they got through, but there were times in the game when, unfortunately, it was like watching a defensive session in training because Barrow had so much of the ball.
“In other big games that are coming up we will have to manage them differently and manage them in the right way. That’s a lesson for us to learn.
“Barrow is a tough place to come and we didn’t give ourselves a fair chance.”
For the record, Oldham tries were scored by Adam Clay (2), Jack Holmes and Gareth Owen, with Lewis Palfrey adding a conversion and being unlucky with two more shots off the touchline which hit the far upright on each occasion and bounced out.
Pitman (2), Dolan, Campbell, Litherland and Harrison scored tries for Barrow, with Josh Ward converting three of them.
Barrow: Tyson; S Toal, Pitman, Litherland, Dolan; Ward, Campbell; Bullock, Mossop, Bate, Harrison, Briscoe, D Toal. Subs: Lupton, Dawson, Nicholson, Crellin.
Oldham: Nield; Clay, Tyson, Holmes, J Ward; Palfrey, Roper; Neal, Owen, Mason, Crowley, Langtree,Johnson. Subs: M Ward, P Joy, Thompson, Hughes.
Referee: C Campbell; Attendasnce: 935.