Barrow Raiders v Rochdale Hornets
Sunday 10th June 2018, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 16
Stats over last 8 encounters
ROCHDALE Hornets head into this game on the back of a much needed, and deserved win at Swinton Lions last week that kept their local rivals at arm’s length and within touching distance of Sheffield Eagles who are two points ahead of them, out of the relegation zone.
It was the boot of Tyler Whittaker that was the difference at Heywood Road with the youngster kicking four from four goals and a drop goal to seal the win. Danny Yates, Gary Middlehurst, Deon Cross and Rob Massam crossed for Hornets with Swinton scoring four tries themselves, however, Chris Hankinson only managed to goal once.
Barrow themselves have had an inconsistent spell of form, picking up just two wins in their last nine. However, having won just one more game than Hornets this season, they sit in eighth place on 11 points having picked up three vital draws.
Craven Park has been a relatively happy hunting ground for Alan Kilshaw having won twice and lost once since taking over the club ahead of the 2016 season and his side also managed a win at the Crown Oil Arena earlier this season in an ill-tempered affair which saw Jarred Stack sent off in the first half for a spear tackle on Gary Middlehurst.
Lewis Palfrey was instrumental for the hosts that day, scoring a try and kicking two goals with Pat Moran, Deon Cross, Lee Mitchell and Rob Massam weighing in with the tries as Hornets came from behind to seal their first win of the season.
Hornets remain largely unchanged from last week with the exception of Dave Allen who is struggling with a neck injury, and Jack Fox who has prior work commitments. They will be replaced by Seta Tala and George King will come in on dual registration from Warrington Wolves.
Hornets 19 man squad: Dec Kay, Ben Pomeroy, Rob Massam, Danny Yates, Joe Taira, Ben Moores, Tyler Whittaker, Toby Adamson, Luke Adamson, Lewis Hatton, Pat Moran, Jonah Cunningham, Billy Brickhill, Lee Mitchell, Richard Lepori, Seta Tala, George King, Deon Cross
Barrow 19 man squad: Ryan Fieldhouse, Shane Toal, Declan Hulme, Brett Carter, Jamie Dallimore, Joe Bullock, Nathan Mossop, Dan Toal, Jarrad Stack, Martin Aspinwall, Karl Ashall, Glenn Riley, Alec Susino, Bradd Crellin, Matt While, Ryan Johnston, Tom Loxam, Jono Smith, Ryan Duffy
ONES TO WATCH
Jamie Dallimore has been a thorn in Hornets side for years, at both Oldham and North Wales before heading to Cumbria. He pulls the strings for the Raiders and will shift the big men around the park.
Jono Smith is a name familiar to the Hornets supporters, having featured for Alan Kilshaws side in the last two season including the promotion final in Toulouse. His strong carries and smart offload game can kill the opposition and his low centre of gravity makes him a handful near the try line.
Joe Bullock will also be a threat for the hosts, he has been hotly tipped to join Wigan next season and his strong forward game and blockbusting defence is the reason why.