Sheffield Eagles 22-24 Barrow Raiders
Sunday 23rd September 2018, 15:00pm
Super 8s - Round: 6
Greg Burns, Joshua Toole 2, Mark Offerdahl,
Oscar Thomas 3,
Brett Carter 2, Ryan Fieldhouse, Ryan Burroughs,
Jamie Dallimore 4,
Sheffield Eagles suffered late heartache last weekend as Barrow Raiders snatched a 24-22 victory at the Olympic Legacy Park.
Tries from Joshua Toole and Mark Offerdahl in the final quarter had put Sheffield ahead with minutes left to play but Ryan Burroughs’ equalising try, and Jamie Dallimore’s conversion, saw Barrow take the spoils.
The loss marks a tough month for Sheffield, whose last victory came against Swinton Lions in round two of the Shield.
Neither side could open the scoring during the opening 20 minutes as both looked edgy and chances were few and far between.
It took until the 22nd minute for the first points to be put on the board and Greg Burns sniped over from dummy-half to give the Eagles the lead.
Oscar Thomas converted.
Typifying Sheffield’s overall season, Mark Aston’s men couldn’t hold on to that lead for long as just four minutes later Barrow winger Brett Carter touched down. Dallimore was on target from the tee.
Carter’s second try of the afternoon soon followed, however Dallimore couldn’t convert.
The final say of the first period went to Sheffield as Thomas’ grubber found its way to Toole, who scored his first of the game.
Thomas’ conversion attempt went astray.
Barrow regained the lead in the 54th minute when Dallimore kicked a penalty goal, just moments after Cory Aston held him up in-goal.
The Raiders half-back was running the show and it was his reverse grubber kick that put a try on a plate for Ryan Fieldhouse. Dallimore added the extras for a two-score lead.
Then came the Eagles comeback. First, Toole was on hand to crash over from short range before Offerdahl did exactly the same with five minutes remaining. Thomas converted both tries.
Victory wasn’t to be for Sheffield, though. A looping pass to the wing was deflected by Ben Blackmore into the grateful hands of Burroughs who had the easiest try of his life. Dallimore stepped up to knock over the conversion and Sheffield were left to lick their wounds once again.
By Dan Fowler