Crarey pleased as Raiders win again

Paul Crarey was full of praise for his players as Barrow maintained their perfect League 1 record with victory at Keighley on Thursday.

Lewis Charnock (4) and Shane Toal (3) led the way for the Raiders as they won 58-42 to secure their seventh league success of the season.

It came just four days after the home win over South Wales Ironmen and Crarey was impressed with the fortitude shown by his squad.

“We knew we had to put a team out to win – we weren’t going to throw young and inexperienced players in because it’s a tough place to go,” he told the North-West Evening Mail.

“I take my hat off to players who won because it’s very difficult backing up in any sport, but rugby league is very tough and the ground is rock-hard.

“It was a ferocious game, end-to-end, both sides defended pretty poorly and there were some shots going in from both sides.

“We can go to Leeds now and enjoy the game as a group – it doesn’t really matter what happens there.

“We’ve done our time in the Challenge Cup and it’s really about going there and expressing ourselves, having fun and giving the crowd a treat as a day out.

“Then it’s Toronto and hopefully we can get some busted bodies back for them and the League One Cup final.”

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