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13 March 2023

IAN RIGG at Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium

Despite a bright start in cold and damp Barrow the Lions crashed out of the Challenge Cup at the first hurdle.

Rhodri Lloyd put the Lions ahead in the third minute when he scored in the left corner after some good build up play but Dan Abram was unable to convert and just after the restart the Lions should have scored again when Liam Cooper raced thirty metres towards the posts only to be grounded just short by Luke Broadbent. Lloyd grabbed his second on twelve minutes when he latched onto a nice chip kick by Joe Lowe to again slide over on the left and Abram converted this one. Raiders scrum half Ryan Johnston was held up seven minutes later before Danny Langtree got them on the board scoring on the right and Ryan Shaw converted  and within a couple of minutes they were in the lead when Shaw himself crossed in the right corner and he judged the wind perfectly to add the conversion off the touchline. Jayden Hatton thought he had put the Lions back in the lead nine minutes from the break but the final pass from Andy Badrock was forward. Lloyd was then sent to the sin-bin three minutes from the break for holding down and Raiders went further ahead just before the half time hooter when Shaw added a penalty goal for offside.

Raiders blitzed the Lions line in the opening eight minutes of the half when firstly Johnston scored by the posts and then Ben Evans did likewise with Shaw converting both. Lloyd then had a chance for the Lions when he chased another kick on fifty-two minutes but was also injured in the process and played no further part in the game. Broadbent extended the Raiders lead when he scored seven minutes from time and Shaw again converted but the Lions scored the final points of the match when Kenny Baker went over on the right but Dan Abram could not convert against the wind.

TEAM: Abram. Hatton. Badrock, Lloyd, Hughes, Lowe, Gibson, Case, Gregson, Cooper, Baker, Cox, Brogan. Subs: Waterworth, Burgess, Parnaby, Hall.


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