Barrow made hard work of London win - Darren Holt

Liam Campbell

Barrow Raiders player-coach Darren Holt has acknowledged his side made hard work of Sunday's 42-12 victory against London Skolars at Craven Park.

The two sides were level at 6-6 at the break but a second-half improvement sealed the points for the Championship One leaders.

"We weren't up to scratch again today," Holt told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"In the second half it could have gone either way but it proved the last 20 minutes that's how we should play."

Holt continued: "We wanted to fight against the complacency we showed last week [against Workington] but didn't show London the respect they deserve.

"The scoreline flattered us, if I was a London coach or player then I'd be despondent with the final scoreline."

Liam Campbell [pictured] scored a brace of tries while Warrington dual-registration centre Ryan Shaw kicked seven goals on his Raiders debut.

Meanwhile Workington kept up their pursuit of rivals Barrow, knocking Doncaster from top spot with a 45-18 victory at Derwent Park.

Jamie Thackray's introduction at prop-forward in the second period helped swing the game in Town's favour after they trailed 18-14 at the break. Elliott Miller ran in a hat-trick.

"It was great rugby to watch," said head coach Gary Charlton.

"Jamie was exceptional, ran the ball hard, asked Doncaster to tackle him and they couldn't.

"When we got a roll-on, that's when we started playing good rugby on the back of it. The rest of the boys fronted up on the back of it."

Whitehaven completed a successful weekend for Cumbrian clubs with a 26-16 success at Oldham.

Four tries added to goals from Carl Rudd and Jamie Rooney ensured Haven stayed in touch with the top three.

"We came here to prove a point," said head coach Don Gailer.

"The way the boys came in here and defended their line today was exceptional.

"We're not going to worry about anyone else, if we can keep winning, we want to win this competition. I'm not worried about other results."

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