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Match Report: Barrow 20 Wigan 32
Posted by Bilko on April 05 2009 - 19:10

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Barrow Raiders v Wigan Warriors - Carnegie Challenge Cup Round 4.
Sunday 5th April 2009. Kick Off 3:00pm at Craven Park.

Well Wigan did themselves no favours in this contest by missing 5 from 7 conversions, which did a lot to keep Barrow alive for most of this match. In the absence of Pat Richards they tried three different kickers but none of them looked comfortable.

Wigan could have been in total control early in the second half with the conversions but by missing them Barrow got a sniff of victory and at 20-24 into the final quarter of the match, it really was anyone's game. In fact Barrow went over at that score to potentially take the lead but referee Jamie Leahy gave a forward pass, much to the relief of the Wigan fans.

You do have to praise the Championship side. They were outstanding in both attack and defence. In fact they embarrassed Wigan going forward. They made some easy clean breaks against us and that does not bode well for Thursday's tussle with St Helens.

Wigan's attack to be truthful faired little better. It wasn't totally poor but certainly no better than distinctly average. So, so flat! Nothing at all really down the middle. The pack just did not make enough ground for me. Lucky for us we have George Carmont who is propping up our offence this season all by himself. Young Shaun Ainscough may get all the plaudits but Carmont is the one setting him up.

And in this contest it was down the left that Wigan did their early damage. In the 7th minute Carmont broke away and eventually found the supporting Ainscough who went over in the corner. Riddell converted this one off the touchline to make it 6-0.

Five minutes later and it was Barrow who broke down the left. Winger James Nixon raced down the wing but Wigan just about managed to scramble back and hold him up over the line. Next tackle though the ball went to Stand Off Liam Finch who danced his way over the line from 10 metres out. Poor Wigan defence - he left at least two defenders flat on their arses. Excellent try from his point of view and close to the sticks which meant an easy conversion for Paul Noone which levelled the score.

Barrow soon got another chance to pressure Wigan after Amos Roberts failed to find touch from a penalty but after seeing out that pressure, Wigan got marched down field with the help of back to back penalties which did find touch this time.

Wigan punished with the same combination. Carmont to Ainscough - over in the left corner. Riddell couldn't convert though so it was only 10-6 to Wigan,

Barrow soon hit back again on 20 minutes with a superb try. 70 metres from the try line it went through the hands of Jamie Butler and Liam Harrison before Nixon raced all the way to the line and rounded it off nearer the sticks. Really poor defence it has to be said. Noone converted to give Barrow the lead at 12-10!

It was now clear Wigan were not going to win this match easy but they retook the lead on the half hour and it was the same scorer again. This time Ainscough didn't need Carmont's help - taking advantage of a Barrow knock on in their own 20, he received the ball out wide and jinked his way over from 15 metres away but Riddell again missed the goal so it was Barrow 12 Wigan 14.

Barrow though again got to put pressure on Wigan and it was superb offloading that was causing us problems. They kept getting the ball away in the tackle and it was creating the gaps for them to exploit. Watch the DVD of this Wigan and learn how to do it!!!

Wigan then gifted them a penalty which personally I would have tapped. They had us on the rack but they took the two to level the scores at 14 all.

14-14, probably would have been a fair half time score but Wigan managed to retake the lead in the 39th minute. Substitute Lee Mossop broke the line and sent Sam Tomkins racing away. He just got ankle tapped short of the line but his quick play the ball to Carmont saw him go over and with Riddell now off the field, it was Amos Roberts who converted to make it 20-14 at half time.

Into the second half and Wigan scored first in the 44th minute. Kick went up and Barrow looked to have collected it but somehow Shaun Ainscough got it to score a fourth try. Not sure if it was a one on one steal or a Barrow fumble but the ref gave the try and now having a 10 point lead Wigan looked to be taking control. But another missed conversion kept Barrow alive at 24-14.

(Note: The tannoy announcer gave that try to Carmont and all other press reports it seems have given it to him but I thought at the time it was Ainscough and have had a message on the message board to back up my original thoughts - so I'm going with Ainscough for a fourth try here.)

Wigan just did not kick on from this position and a penalty gave Barrow another shot at the Wigan line. Barrow in truth had few chances in this match but when they did get the territory they always punished because Wigan were not solid in defence. Liam Campbell went over on 50 minutes but Noone missed an easy conversion to leave Wigan six ahead at 24-18. But they soon conceded another penalty which Noone kicked to make the score 24-20, heading towards the final quarter.

Ten minutes of tense rugby followed. Barrow sensed the upset whilst Wigan just wanted to get a try to seal the game. Wigan had two sets in Barrow's half but did little with it. The last tackle options again today were so poor. And this failure to do anything in attack gave Barrow the impetus and on 63 minutes Liam Finch fired a pass of wide to send Liam Harrison over to level the scores with a kick to come - but referee Jamie Leahy gave a forward pass!!!!! Other end of the field from me so I don't know but their was much relief from the Wigan fans.

Sods law for the home side because Wigan went up the other end to seal the match. Sean O'Loughlin sent Karl Pryce over in the right corner. It was a possible knock on but the ref gave it and that really was game over - despite another missed kick, this time from Riddell who had returned to the field.

Luck was certainly in Wigan's favour but I will stress that for how flat Wigan played, the missed conversions were what kept Barrow in the game. It was 28-20 when it could have been 36-20. A huge difference!

So into the final ten minutes and Barrow's spirit had been broken. Riddell broke away down the middle and had four in support. Three Wigan players and a worm in the grass. Riddell sadly found the worm by putting in a terrible pass. Bombed a certain score. Shocking!

Luckily for him Wigan put the final nail in the coffin on 74 minutes when Sam Tomkins stretched over from close range. Another missed conversion though - this time from Karl Pryce. Sam went over again in the final stages but that effort was brought back by the ref. Barrow kept huffing and puffing late on but the clock eventually beat them.  At full time the Wigan fans gave the Barrow team a huge clap - they deserved it.

So we are through to the draw on Tuesday Afternoon despite a flat performance here. We struggled in truth to defend against a lower league side, god help us against Saints on Thursday. It's an argument whether today's score was more Barrow being exceptional or Wigan being really poor. A definite bit of both perhaps. We are not improving though week by week this season. That is clear to see! And the goal kicking depth if Richards is injured is a big worry. There were some touch conversions in fairness but it was lucky it was only Barrow today. Most Super League sides would punish those misses.

Have to say I enjoyed my first trip to the Barrow version of Craven Park. The facilities are a bit dated. I mean I went for a pee in the middle of the sideline stand and the urinal was basically a brick with a little groove to allow the pee to trickle to the gutter. It didn't work because it was overflowing onto the floor. Not nice! But the terraces themselves were pretty decent! Quite a few Yorkshire Super League grounds are worse than that. At least Barrow have cover!

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "It was a tremendous cup tie and Barrow played their part, they wouldn’t lie down would they? They kept coming back into the game and in many respects it’s a no win situation. I was really really pleased for the Barrow Club, there was a big crowd and they made it tense, they kept coming back at us. We just didn’t bend our backs enough. We missed six goal kicks which would have taken us away in relation to the game. It made it a tense nervous affair and we are glad to get through. I told them at half time that some of us came with the wrong mentality here and we had to improve which we did. Every time we got in their half we practically looked like we were going to score which was a pleasing aspect.  We didn't help ourselves, I didn’t think we bent our backs when we didn’t have the ball, we got caught with some plays we should not get caught with. Credit to Barrow, they caught us early and they looked to try and embarrass us. It got a bit like WWF Wrestling, it shouldn’t be you have a go we have a go, we needed to be more dominant without the ball."

Team Sheets

- Barrow Position Wigan -
1 Gary Broadbent Full Back Amos Roberts 2
3 Ian Bell Winger Karl Pryce 20
26 Zeb Luisi Centre Phil Bailey 12
4 Liam Harrison Centre George Carmont 4
5 James Nixon Winger Shaun Ainscough 28
6 Liam Finch Stand Off Sam Tomkins 25
7 Liam Campbell Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
8 Brett McDermott Prop Paul Prescott 19
9 Andy Ellis Hooker Mark Riddell 9
16 Jamie Butler Prop Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
14 Paul Noone 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 14
12 Martin Ostler 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 16
11 Andy Brocklehurst L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
- - - - -
2 Mike Backhouse Substitute Darrell Goulding 3
15 Chris Young Substitute Tim Smith 6
22 Ned Catic Substitute Andy Coley 15
28 Nathan Mossop Substitute Lee Mossop 27

Score Sheet

Barrow Raiders 20 --- Wigan Warriors 32
Tries (3):
Liam Finch
Jamie Nixon
Liam Campbell
--- Tries (7):
Shaun Ainscough 4
George Carmont
Karl Pryce
Sam Tomkins
Goals:
Paul Noone 4/5
--- Goals:
Mark Riddell 1/4
Amos Roberts 1/2
Karl Pryce 0/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

7th Minute Barrow 00 Wigan 04 Try: Shaun Ainscough
- Barrow 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Mark Riddell (1/1)
12th Minute Barrow 04 Wigan 06 Try: Liam Finch
- Barrow 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Paul Noone (1/1)
17th Minute Barrow 06 Wigan 10 Try: Shaun Ainscough (2)
- Barrow 06 Wigan 10 M.Riddell Missed Conversion (1/2)
20th Minute Barrow 10 Wigan 10 Try: James Nixon
- Barrow 12 Wigan 10 Conversion: Paul Noone (2/2)
30th Minute Barrow 12 Wigan 14 Try: Shaun Ainscough (3)
- Barrow 12 Wigan 14 M.Riddell Missed Conversion (1/3)
35th Minute Barrow 14 Wigan 14 Penalty Goal: Paul Noone (3/3)
39th Minute Barrow 14 Wigan 18 Try: George Carmont
- Barrow 14 Wigan 20 Conversion: Amos Roberts (1/1)
Half Time Barrow Raiders 14 Wigan Warriors 20
44th Minute Barrow 14 Wigan 24 Try: Shaun Ainscough (4)
- Barrow 14 Wigan 24 A.Roberts Missed Conversion (1/2)
50th Minute Barrow 18 Wigan 24 Try: Liam Campbell
- Barrow 18 Wigan 24 P.Noone Missed Conversion (3/4)
53rd Minute Barrow 20 Wigan 24 Penalty Goal: Paul Noone (4/5)
68th Minute Barrow 20 Wigan 28 Try: Karl Pryce
- Barrow 20 Wigan 28 M.Riddell Missed Conversion (1/4)
74th Minute Barrow 20 Wigan 32 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Barrow 20 Wigan 32 K.Pryce Missed Conversion (0/1)
Full Time Barrow Raiders 20 Wigan Warriors 32

Note

As mentioned in the report Shaun Ainscough's fourth try was originally incorrectly awarded by all media outlets including the clubs official site to George Carmont. This website however was proved correct when on 30th April it was officially credited to Ainscough - Click Here for Details.

Referee

Jamie Leahy (Dewsbury)

Penalties Conceded

Barrow 11 Wigan 9

Match Attendance

6,275

Weather

Lovely sunny day. Bit of wind.

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