All Golds head coach Lee Greenwood says his side will need to put in their best performance of the season if they’re to come away with a positive result up in Cumbria tomorrow evening.
The All Golds have won their last two games so will go into the game in good spirits but they face a side that have only lost one league game all year and who look certain to be in the shake up for promotion come the end of the season. Despite the huge task facing his side Lee Greenwood says he’s looking forward to the challenge. He said: “We’ve won our last two games and are still in with a chance of finishing the top eight which would be a huge achievement for the club. We know we’ll have to improve considerably to beat Barrow but we’ll go up and give it our best.
“Barrow are a very good side as they’ve shown so far this season. They had a tough run of fixtures with the trip to Toronto then they played Leeds. They might not have been at their best recently but they’ve been grinding out the wins.
“We’ll be missing a few players but those who come in will want to perform and keep their place. Barrow is a tough place to get a result but we’ve come very close to beating them the last couple of times we’ve been there. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Harry Kidd, Brad Kislingbury and Ben Stead will miss the next three games after flying out to Australia to play in the Student World Cup. New signing Shaun Owens comes into the squad and could make his debut. Alex Gaskell, who hasn’t played since suffering a serious leg injury on March 26, stepped up his recovery this week but isn’t expected to be match fit for a few weeks yet. Phil Cowburn looks set to start in what will be his 100th appearance for the All Golds.
Barrow’s only defeat this league season came in Toronto last month. They’ve already captured some silverware following their 38-32 win over North Wales Crusaders in the League 1 Cup final. The Raiders have quality all over the field but perhaps their biggest strength lies in half back pairing Jamie Dallimore and Lewis Charnock. The All Golds will have to keep both quiet if they’re to come away with the two points.
The last two times the All Golds have played in Barrow they’ve come close to winning. In early March 2015 Barrow edged a thriller 16-14 then later that year the Raiders were thankful to hear the full time hooter after the All Golds pushed them all the way, eventually going down 26-18.
Kick-off: Saturday, 6:30pm, Craven Park
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