Barrow 24 – 20 Leigh

Leigh Centurions slipped to their second defeat in three Betfred Championship games as newly promoted Barrow Raiders pulled off a dramatic win at Craven Park.

Lightning Barrow winger Shane Toal took the individual honours with a hat-trick including the match-winning try in the corner nine minutes from the end.

Former Leigh forwards Ryan Duffy, Martin Aspinwall and Joe Bullock were outstanding in a Barrow pack that never took a backward step.

 With Jamie Dallimore and Nathan Mossop influential in midfield Barrow’s win delighted their fans in a near 2,000 crowd at Craven Park.

On a glue pot of a pitch Leigh went in 20-12 ahead at the interval but failed to score a point in the second half and two converted tries, by Ryan Fieldhouse and Toal’s hat-trick effort, earned Barrow their first win since returning to the Championship.

Ilias Bergal scored two close range tries for Leigh in the first half with skipper Peter Mata’utia and Larne Patrick also crossing. Shane Toal kept his side in contention, cutting through for an incisive first try, then seizing on a mistake to race over from 30 metres for a second.

Barrow Raiders: Ryan Fieldhouse; Shane Toal, Jarrad Stack, Declan Hulme, Brett Carter; Jamie Dallimore, Karl Ashall; Ryan Duffy, Dean Parata, Alex Susino, Dan Toal, Bradd Crellin, Martin Aspinwall (capt). Interchange: Nathan Mossop, Joe Bullock, Glenn Riley, Tom Walker.

Tries: S Toal (16, 25, 71), Fieldhouse (58); Goals: Dallimore 4/ 5.

Leigh Centurions: Jack Owens; Matty Dawson-Jones, Ben Crooks, Peter Mata’utia (capt), Ilias Bergal; Ben Reynolds, Drew Hutchison; Paterika Vaivai, Liam Hood, Nathan Mason, Kevin Larroyer, Bodene Thompson, Jordan Thompson. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Jamie Acton, Larne Patrick, Harrison Hansen.

Tries: Bergal (7, 40), Mata’utia (23), Patrick (35); Goals: Reynolds 2/4.

Referee: John McMullen; Attendance: 1,991; Penalty count: 8-9; Half-time: 12-20.

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