Barrow Raiders coach Paul Crarey is encouraged by the way his team has approached defending in 2017.
Raiders beat York City Knights 28-0 at the weekend, and it was the nil which pleased particularly pleased Crarey, though he also enjoyed his players’ willingness to take responsibility in attack.
“In modern-day football, the game is free-flowing, it’s big 10s and it’s difficult to defend for long periods of time, and we did that,” said Crarey, according to the North West Evening Mail.
“We probably could have taken shots at goal a couple of times and we didn’t; we wanted to run the ball when we were in the ascendancy and 20-0 up. We could have turned the clock over and kicked goals, but we let the players make the call and we kept the pressure on.
“I don’t think we were in any danger of losing the game, we were very comfortable in our goal-line defence and we’ve worked on it. It’s paid off and we do a lot of it, and it was really good against York.”