Barrow Raiders 22-38 Sheffield Eagles
Saturday 26th May 2018, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 15
Shane Toal, Jarrad Stack, Jamie Dallimore 2,
Jamie Dallimore 3,
Cory Aston 3, Menzie Yere, Joshua Toole, Jake Spedding, Corey Makelim,
Cory Aston 4, Oscar Thomas,
Sheffield Eagles claimed a superb 38-22 victory over Barrow Raiders in the opening Championship game of the 2018 Summer Bash.
Cory Aston, who signed for the Eagles earlier this week on a one-month loan from Castleford Tigers, scored a hat-trick on his return while Menzie Yere got off the mark with his first try of 2018.
A late fightback from Barrow got the Cumbrians to within ten points of Sheffield but Corey Makelim crossed the whitewash to seal victory three minutes from time.
The win sees Sheffield jump above Dewsbury into ninth place, the latter playing tomorrow evening against Batley Bulldogs.
Aston opened the scoring after five minutes as he darted through the Raiders defence from close range.
He added the extras and the half-back soon extended Sheffield’s lead to two-scores with a penalty goal.
Sheffield came close to the Raiders whitewash once again when Joshua Toole powered towards the line.
Unfortunately for the travelling Eagles following, the loose forward was held up.
The turning point of the first period came on the half-hour mark.
Ryan Millar collected a high kick, found a gap and ran 60 metres downfield before the ball fizzed around several Eagles players which led to a Jake Spedding knock-on.
From the next set of six, Barrow got on the scoresheet as Shane Toal crossed the whitewash. Jamie Dallimore converted.
Controversy struck four minutes before the break when Barrow took the lead. Jarrad Stack, surrounded by a number of Eagles defenders, was awarded a contentious four-pointer by video referee Robert Hicks. Dallimore converted as the Raiders went into the sheds 12-8 up.
Two tries in the opening six minutes of the second half put Sheffield in control of proceedings.
Aston completed his brace as he got on the end of a Makelim kick, which had ricocheted off the crossbar. The ex-Leeds Rhino converted from in front of the sticks.
Then there was a familiar sight for the people in attendance as Yere steamed over. Aston’s conversion attempt was off target.
With the final quarter fast approaching, Sheffield all but sealed the win with another quick-fire double.
Aston was at the heart of the action and set up Toole to go over the try-line before the former helped himself to his third score soon after, giving the Eagles a 26-12 advantage.
On 65 minutes, the Eagles scored their fifth try of the half as a superb kick-chase forced an error and Spedding touched down. Aston goaled.
Dallimore and Gene Ormsby both crossed for Barrow as they hoped to make it a tense finish but Makelim made sure of the win as he pierced the defence to score.