Match Report – Skolars vs Barrow

1st July 2021

BetFred League 1 – 19 June 2021

London Skolars 14 Barrow Raiders 24

After last week’s heavy defeat, Skolars would probably have wanted not to be playing the side unbeaten at the top of the table. However, in a much improved display, they were in contention for most of the game despite being down to twelve men from the 30th minute.

Skolars’ coach Jermaine Coleman named himself in the playing line-up for the first time this season and his influence was evident from the start with his kick forcing Luke Creswell to concede a goal-line drop-out Thomas. Barrow hled uot, but soon made a handling error, giving Skolars back possession, but they also spilled the ball.

A deep kick fron Thomas looked like it was running dead, but it held up just before the deadball line and Skolars forced Cresswell to conceded a second drop-out. Thomas then kicked left to try to find Coleman, but Harry Shawbrick took the ball safely. A break by Nathan Mossop was continued by Cresswell, but the full-back was dragged down by Thomas. However, with the Skolars’ defence still trying to get into position, Jake Carter eased past the defence to touchdown.

Barrow soon added a second, Carl Forster timing his pass to the supporting Cresswell to perfection.They looked to in control after Mike Greenhalgh received a red card for making contact with the head in a tackle. The subsequent penalty saw them shift the ball right for Shawcross to touchdown.

However, Skolars stayed in contention at the break when another handling error by Barrow gave them good field position, with Charles Hammond going over in the right corner.

Both sides were down to twelve men for ten minutes after Adam Walne put in a late shot on Lamont Bryan. Lameck Juma was held over the tryline, then a Neil Thorman kick forced another drop-out and it was Thorman who set up Skolars’second try, his looping kick finding Errol Carter as he timed his run to the in-goal area to score.

Another attack by Skolars saw them try to force a pass to the right, but there was no stopping Tee Ritson as he intercepted before racing 60 metres downfield. Skolars were running out of time when Lamont Bryan brushed off the defence but Thorman rushed the kick which hit the post and Barrow held out for the last few minutes.

LONDON SKOLARS

1 Iliess Macani

5 Charlies Hammond

4 Kam Pearce-Paul

3 Aaron Small

25 Errol Carter

7 Jermaine Coleman

6 Jacob Thomas

18 Matt Ross

9 Tom Firth

15 Malikhi Lloyd-Jones

19 Paulos Latu

11 Lameck Juma

13 Mike Greenhalgh

Subs (all used)

23 Neil Thorman

22 Lamont Bryan

8 Judd Greenhalgh

21 James Tyas

Tries: Hammond (40), Carter (56) Bryan (75)

Goals: Thorman 1/3

Dismisssal: M Greenhalgh (31) – contact with head in tackle

RAIDERS

1 Luke Cresswell

27 Harry Swarbrick

5 Shaun Toal

16 Tom Hopkins

2 Tee Ritson

6 Jamie Dallimore

14 Jake Carter

10 Carl Forber

9 Nathan Mossop

17 Adam Walne

31 Charlie Emslie

11 Dan Morrow

18 Bradd Crelin

Subs (all used)

7 Ryan Johnson

22 Carl McBain

25 Callum Bustin

8 Ryan Duffy

Tries: Carter (20), Creswell (26), Swarbrick (32), Ritson (69)

Goals: Dallimore 4/4

Sin-bin: Walne (49) – off-the-ball tackle

Skolars: Jacob Thomas

Raiders: Harry Swarbrick

Penalty count: 11-9

Half-time: 6-18

Referee: James Vella

Att: 391

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 0-12, 0-18. 6-18; 10-18, 10-24.14-24


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