The Lions came within minutes of securing their first win of the season, but were denied by a late controversial penalty as Barrow grabbed a draw at the JF Hornby Stadium.
Barrow Raiders 16-16 Swinton Lions
The Lions came within three minutes of gaining their first League victory of the season in the Barrow mud but their hopes were dashed when Jamie Dallimore converted a late penalty goal.
A large following of Lions fans braved the damp conditions to travel up to the Lake District but will have been happy with the effort their team put in for them. Andy Bracek and Matt Sarsfield were missing from the team following Friday’s game against Leigh and Mike Butt and Gabe Fell were also unavaialble. In came Wigan players Craig Mullen and Liam Paisley into the squad along with Josh Woods but the latter was recalled by his parent club on Sunday night to play against Hull KR.
The Lions got an ideal start when Mullen put in a nice kick into the in goal area and Liam Forsyth won the race for the touchdown but Chris Hankinson could not convert against the strong breeze. Raiders hit back in the eighteenth minute when a good passing movement ended when Shane Toal scored in the corner and Dallimore slipped as he ran in for his conversion but he still managed to kick it and put his team ahead.
Toal added his second to extend Barrow’s lead on twenty-six minutes when he again finished off a nice move to score in the corner. Dallimore slipped again attempting the conversion but again it sailed between the posts to stretch the lead. Desperate to get back into the game before the half, the Lions hit back nine minutes from the break when Hayden Hansen sent two defenders the wrong way to score on the left and Hankinson converted this to put his side within two points.
From the kick off Kyle Shelford took the ball forward but was flattened by the Raiders defence with an illegal tackle which saw Dan Toal go on report for a possible shoulder charge but the Lions did finish the half on the attack.
Dallimore stretched the lead for his side four minutes into the second half with a penalty goal for an off the ball tackle The Lions were looking the more likely to score after the break and twice forced goal line drop outs before Hankinson had a try ruled out for what was said to be and obstruction, but the players around him disputed it with the referee Tom Grant.
With the momentum of the game behind them, it looked like the Lions had the game won on sixty five minutes following a Raiders mistake when Brett Carter collected the ball but collided with Shelford. The ball fell loose and was swooped on by Luke Waterworth and he passed it to Hayden Hansen who raced twenty metres in the mud to swallow dive in and score by the posts. Hankinson converted with the wind at his back. However the celebrations wouldn’t last long as the killer blow came in the final few minutes, when an infringement at the play the ball thirty metres out presented Raiders with their penalty and Dallimore converted to level.
Ian Rigg reporting from JF Hornby Stadium.
Lions: 30 Craig Mullen, 2 Marcus Webb, 11 Rhodri Lloyd, 4 George Tyson, 16 Liam Forsyth, 3 Chris Hankinson, 7 Jack Hansen, 15 Ben Austin, 9 Luke Waterworth, 10 Andy Thornley, 31 Will Hope, 33 Liam Paisley, 13 Josh Barlow.