The Welsh side, still playing out of the Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground in Wrexham, wanted to begin their new life in winning fashion having impressed throughout their extended pre season fixtures.
However the Crusaders sparked into life and got on the board just before the quarter of an hour mark.
Jono Smith broke the Raiders’ line before passing to captain Andy Mousdale.
Chris Larkin opened the Raiders’ second half try scoring account before Dan Toal exposed some poor defending from Massam.
Leon Brennan extended Crusaders’ lead after Barrow had cut the deficit, but Danny Hulme coughed up Andy Ballard’s soft kick for Larkin to claim his second try of the afternoon.
Liam Finch won the match for Barrow after Barry Hugh’s break found Larkin in support, and break Welsh hearts.
Oldham came away from Derwent Park with a triumphant 24-14 win despite being behind at half time.
Workington got the first try of the game with a well worked effort from Ryan MacDonald which sent Daniel Rooney in the corner.
Rochdale were comfortable winners at Spotland defeating London Skolars 36-4.
Gary Middlehurst scored a hat trick helping the Hornets on their way to a comfortable victory.
It was Middlehurst who got the early points on the score board for Rochdale before Wayne English crossed for Rochdale’s second.
Paul O’Connor scored the final try before half time, when Middlehurst completed his hat trick while Steve McDermott and Stephen Bannister added to Rochdale’s hefty points total to send them top of Championship 1.
Paul Cooke’s double inspired Doncaster to a solid performance at the Keepmoat Stadium the home side swept away Whitehaven 48-16.
Cooke scored the first and penultimate tries of the game to inspire Doncaster to a comfortable win.
Cooke posted his first try after seven minutes before Brad Crelin replied for the Cumbrians.
Whitehaven’s second half performance was much better, restricting Doncaster to just three tries in the final 40 and weren’t penetrated until the 52nd minute.
But Doncaster’s two try due Cooke and Waterman completed their doubles to finish the game for Haven.
Lewis Reece edged the Scorpions further ahead before Thunder struck back with a triple whammy.
But the Scorpions had other ideas and ruined the north east side’s moment with a late try from Ashley Bateman which secured the win in the final moments.