Barrow Raiders started their 2021 League One campaign with a 38-20 win over Coventry Bears at Butts Park Arena.
Barrow opened the scoring after eight minutes. Nathan Mossop was able to get over from close range under the sticks. Jake Carter scored the conversion to open up a six-point lead.
Four minutes later, Barrow were able to double that advantage. Mossop turned provider this time for Carter to grab the try. Carter was then able to convert his own try.
It was soon three tries in the opening 15 minutes for the Raiders. Tee Ritson rose highest from a kick and set Mark Tyson up to score. Carter added the conversion for an 18-point lead.
Coventry needed to score next and they did. Nathan Hill finished a good move, with Coventry making the pressure count after a couple of repeat sets. Dan Coates missed the conversion attempt.
Just three minutes later, the Bears would make it back-to-back tries. Sam Bowring was able to get over after some more quick passes. Coates scored the conversion this time to take the Bears into double figures.
Barrow took just three minutes to register their next try. Carl Forster managed to get over near the posts. Carter scored the conversion to stretch their lead to 14 points.
However, the final word of the half would go to the Bears. Hill managed to get the ball down to get his second of the afternoon. Coates missed the conversion, meaning they trailed by 10 at the break.
Barrow were able to extend their lead 10 minutes into the second half. Carter showed some nice footwork to get through the defence and score his second try. However, he could not add the conversion.
The Bears hit back again five minutes later. Matt Welham kicked forward and collected to go through for the try. Coates kicked the conversion to keep Coventry in the contest.
But their cause was not helped when Hill was sent to the sin bin for stripping the ball away after making a tackle.
Just a few minutes later, Barrow went over again. Shane Toal managed to get through and score out wide. Carter missed the conversion attempt.
The Raiders rubber-stamped their victory with two minutes to go. Adam Walne managed to crash over and get his name in on the act. Carter scored the conversion.
Both sides return to action next week. Coventry travel to West Wales Raiders next Saturday, while Barrow welcome Keighley Cougars on Sunday.
Coventry Bears: Nathan Hill, Hayden Freeman, Matt Welham, Liam Welham, Reece Rance, Dan Coates, David Scott, Peter Ryan, Chris Cullimore, Bradley Ho, Jed Charlton, Elliott Townsend, Kieran Sherratt.
Subs: Jordan Paga, Jack Dawson, Sam Bowring, Josh Dunne.
Head Coach: Richard Squires.
Barrow Raiders: Luke Cresswell, Tee Ritson, Dec Hulme, Mark Tyson, Shane Toal, Ryan Johnston, Jake Carter, Carl Forster, Nathan Mossop, Adam Walne, Tom Hopkins, Jarrad Stack, Ben Harrison.
Subs: Harry Swarbrick, Dan Toal, Ryan Duffy, Callum Bustin.
Head Coach: Paul Crarey.