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22 March 2019

Swinton Lions are back on the road for the next three fixtures, with a trip up north to Barrow Raiders the first.

Swinton Lions travel to the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium this Sunday to face Barrow Raiders, the first of three games on the road.

Stuart Littler’s side recently faced Featherstone Rovers in the Betfred Championship in another tough, tight contest, but it was the visitor’s who claimed a 24-12 win at Heywood Road.

The Lions travel up north to Barrow this Sunday in what should be an entertaining game at Craven Park.


Swinton Lions continue their fight for the first win of the season, with close losses to 2018 top four sides Halifax and Toulouse, whilst also recently facing top Championship outfits Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions.

The side will be without 2019 signing Frankie Halton due to injury, whilst Lloyd is confirmed a few weeks away from his return.

Barrow Raiders head into the fixture with three points in the league table, including a 22-18 victory over Batley Bulldogs and a 20-20 draw with Dewsbury Rams.

Swinton’s Matty Ashton has quickly established himself as a fan-favourite, with five tries in just three appearances for the Lions so far this year.


During the 2018 season, Swinton and Barrow shared the league points on two occasions, both at Heywood Road and Craven Park.

The sides clashed in early April last year, as the Lions looked set for their first league win of the year until a late Jamie Dallimore penalty goal saw the sides draw 16-16, with tries from Liam Forsyth and a double for Hayden Hansen.

The sides met again in May, this time with a draw of 22-all. It was another late penalty that claimed the point for the Raiders, this time with tries from George Tyson, Rhodri Lloyd and Liam Paisley for the Lions.

It was Barrow who took the victory when the sides met for the third time during the Championship Shield campaign.

Another tough encounter is expected, with a large travelling support for Swinton expected to cheer their side on.



LIONS TO PLAY BARROW RAIDERS: Matty Ashton, Jamie Acton, Gavin Bennion, Billy Brickhill, Mike Butt, Rob Fairclough, Liam Forsyth, Jack Hansen, Chris Hankinson, Frankie Halton, Lewis Hatton, Paddy Jones, Jose Kenga, Liam Paisley, Kyle Shelford, Harry Smith, Oscar Thomas, Luke Waterworth, Daley Williams.




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