Premier Sports Performance of the Week – Barrow Raiders
The win came in the absence of coach Darren Holt, who publicly revealed last week that he is undergoing treatment for cancer.
Caretaker coaches Phil Atkinson and Dean Marwood took charge and oversaw a win that lifts Barrow three points above the relegation places.
On-loan full-back Ben Hellewell scored twice, and Dean McGilvary, Liam Harrison and Liam Campbell also crossed, with hooker Nathan Mossop rewarded for his performance with a place in the Premier Sports Team of the Week.
Thunder looked set for the points when Ricky Hough’s score had put them in front going into the final stages.
But McConnell stayed alert until the death, burrowing under three defenders from acting half-back to snatch a dramatic win that keeps North Wales in the title hunt.
Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths was relieved to get the points. He said: “If we’re going to get up into the next division, these are the games you have to win.”
Premier Sports Championship Team of the Week
4 Jimmy Keinhorst (Hunslet Hawks)
5 Dave Scott (Doncaster)
Premier Sports Championship One Team of the Week
1. Richard Lepori (Oldham)
3. Danny Davies (Rochdale Hornets)
4. Josh Crowley (Oldham)
8. James Howitt (Hemel Stags)
9. Ricky Hough (Gateshead Thunder)
10. Phil Joy (Oldham)
13. Jono Smith (Crusaders)