Paterson on target but Batley fail to hold out

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Barrow secured their first win under new coach Bobbie Goulding at the expense of a Batley side still smarting from a heavy defeat to Whitehaven.

Batley started as though they were in no mood to suffer another defeat to Cumbrian opposition, but it was Barrow’s Max Wiper who broke the deadlock.

Four minutes later, Raiders doubled their score when Dan Toal followed up a break from Dalton Grant to cross for the first of his two tries.

Twice in the space of three minutes, Barrow conceded penalties and, even before they had time to feel guilty, they were counting the further cost of conceding tries.

Batley full-back Miles Greenwood took a short pass from John Davies to cut open the Barrow defence and, three minutes later, substitute Adam Gledhill had a walk-in. Lee Paterson kicked both conversions.

Paterson’s penalty two minutes into the second half nudged Batley ahead, but from that moment it was Barrow’s dig-deep, give-them-nothing approach that secured the three points.

Despite everything Batley had to offer, and with prop Alex Rowe trying everything he knew to open up the home defence, the Raiders withstood a siege.

The hosts had a heart-fluttering escape when Bulldogs’ Josh Johnson knocked on with the home line seemingly within reach.

Barrow: Evalds, Backhouse, Wiper, Shaw, Grant, Speakman, Campbell, Burke, Govin, Dawson, Harrison, Toal, Jones. Substitutes: Butler, Bullock, Low, Lloyd.

Batley: Greenwood, Finigan, Bretherton, Patterson, Brown, Black, Leatherbarrow, Smith, Blake, Rowe, Davies, Chandler, Johnson. Substitutes: Gledhill, Nicholson, Brenna, Martin.

Referee: W Turley (RFL).