Rampant Raiders take the spoils as Hemel Stags suffer home defeat

Match action from Hemel Stags' defeat to Barrow Raiders at Pennine Way. Picture (c) Kevin Read
Match action from Hemel Stags' defeat to Barrow Raiders at Pennine Way. Picture (c) Kevin Read

Chris Hankinson and Nathan Mossop scored a brace of tries apiece as Barrow Raiders cruised to a 38-10 win over Hemel Stags at Pennine Way.

The Raiders travelled down the day before the game so were raring to go at kick-off and they immediately got on the front foot. A power play on the last tackle saw Josh Ward get the ball to Hankinson who chalked up the first try.

Match action from Hemel Stags' defeat to Barrow Raiders at Pennine Way. Picture (c) Kevin Read

Match action from Hemel Stags' defeat to Barrow Raiders at Pennine Way. Picture (c) Kevin Read

Only five minutes later and the Raiders were in again; this time hooker Nathan Morris saw a gap and dived over for try converted by Ward to put his side 12-0 up.

Stags hit back on the quarter of an hour mark; a cross-field kick by Jymel Coleman reached Michael Brown who cleverly palmed the ball back to Alex Anthony who dived in at the corner post.

Barrow increased their lead on 24 minutes as both Liam Campbell and Peter Lupton were stopped just short, but the pressure told when Campbell forced his way over, with Ward adding the extras.

Campbell was the catalyst for the next Barrow try when his pass to Max Wiper split the Hemel defence open and the centre cantered over.

Match action from Hemel Stags' defeat to Barrow Raiders at Pennine Way. Picture (c) Kevin Read

Match action from Hemel Stags' defeat to Barrow Raiders at Pennine Way. Picture (c) Kevin Read

It was Hemel who finished the half strongest, but the second half began with a penalty to Barrow just in front of the sticks, and coach Paul Crarey got the word out for Ward to take the two points.

Hemel were giving as good as they were getting in the second stanza; back to back penalties got Mark Castle close to the line but Barrow scored again on 58 minutes as Mossop went over from dummy half after some scrappy play from both teams.

Hankinson scored in the next set to increase the visitors’ advantage, but Hemel responded on 71 minute as James Helliwell kicked on the last, with Mike Stewart gathering well and touching down for a try converted by Young.

The last action of the game saw Chris Fleming sin binned for cynically holding down following an Anthony break, but Barrow were good value for the victory.

Match action from Hemel Stags' defeat to Barrow Raiders at Pennine Way. Picture (c) Kevin Read

Match action from Hemel Stags' defeat to Barrow Raiders at Pennine Way. Picture (c) Kevin Read