Barrow Raiders 26 York City Knights 19

Barrow: Cresswell, S Toal, Hulme, Harper, B Carter, Dallimore, Charnock, Bullock, Ashall, Wilkes, Stack, Crellin, Aspinwall. Subs (all used): Walker, Duerden, Mossop, D Toal.

Tries: Carter 8, 50; Ashall 43; Bullock 75.

Conversions: Charnock 8, 43, 50, 75.

Penalty: Charnock 54.

Sent off: none.

Sin-binned: none.

Knights: Dent 6, Morrison 7, Butler-Fleming 5, Hey 7, Foggin-Johnston 6, C Robinson 7, Presley 6, Osborne 7, Jubb 5, Mallinder 6, Cox 6, Batchelor 7, Moran 7. Subs (all used): Swift 6, Porter 7, Dixon 6, A Robinson 7.

Tries: Foggin-Johnston 5; Hey 69, 77.

Conversions: C Robinson 69, 77.

Penalty C Robinson 38.

Drop goal: C Robinson 40.

Sent off: none.

Sin-binned: none.

Man of the match: Brad Hey – two tries from right-second-row having played an hour, and created a try, at left-centre showed the ability he possesses on the edges.

Referee: Jon Roberts (Leeds) - okay.

Penalty count: 7-9

Half-time: 6-7.

Weather: mild-ish for Barrow-in-Furness (ie fleeces came in handy on this August afternoon).

Attendance: 977

Moment of the match: Dee Foggin-Johnston’s early try was a cracking finish, diving in by the flag after being put in by Brad Hey.

Gaffe of the match: Conceding too many penalties late in the tackle count proved costly for York, but also pricey were the misses at the other end - Jake Butler-Fleming losing the ball at the try line (was it knocked from his grasp?) and winger DFJ arcing inside towards the last man, and getting tackled, when it seemed he had only green grass in front of him down the left sideline.

Gamebreaker: That miss by DFJ with about eight minutes to go was followed shortly after by big Joe Bullock scoring at the other end. It could have been 20-19 and game on but it became 26-13 and game over.

Match rating: This was a game of ifs and buts for York City Knights. Barrow showed why they are promotion favourites behind Toronto and maintained their winning jinx over the Knights, but James Ford’s men showed why they cannot be ruled out of the reckoning come the play-offs, especially if they get their full team out.