Sheffield Eagles 44-18 Barrow Raiders
Sunday 18th August 2019, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 25
Ryan Millar (2), Aaron Brown, Josh Guzdek, Corey Makelim (2), Menzie Yere (2),
Pat Walker (5), Josh Guzdek,
Thomas Walker, Deon Lewis Cross, Jono Smith,
Jamie Dallimore (3),
Sheffield Eagles finished their home campaign in the Betfred Championship with a 44-18 victory over a plucky Barrow Raiders side, who edged closer towards League 1 status.
With the Raiders needing a win, they showed resilience from 16-0 down to take the lead in the early stages of the second half but the Eagles’ quality shone through in the end.
Braces from Ryan Millar, Corey Makelim and Menzie Yere helped Sheffield to victory as they warmed up for Wembley with a Jekyll and Hyde performance.
Mark Aston made a number of changes from the side that beat Halifax last time out. Oliver Davies and Blake Broadbent were rested, while London Broncos duo James Meadows and Jacob Ogden were welcomed back into the side. Sonny Esslemont also made his return.
It took just three minutes for Sheffield to take the lead as Yere drew the winger in before playing Millar over the line. Patch Walker couldn’t convert from the touchline.
A quick-fire double from Millar and Aaron Brown gave the hosts more breathing space as the half-hour approached but Barrow weren’t going down without a fight and they scored two tries of their own before the interval.
Tom Walker powered over from close range before Deon Cross capitalised on some shoddy Eagles passing by picking up a loose ball to streak away under the sticks. Jamie Dallimore kicked two goals to reduce the arrears to four points.
The comeback was complete for the Raiders on 43 minutes as the boisterous Jono Smith touched down with a number of Eagles around him. Dallimore added the extras for 16-18.
Brad Knowles saw yellow for an altercation with a Barrow player but the numerical disadvantage didn’t work against the Eagles as Josh Guzdek crossed on the hour. The full-back converted, too.
Double salvos from Yere and Makelim brought 40-points up for the hosts as they made light work of the injury-hit Raiders.
Yere did attempt a conversion with the last kick of the game but sadly his effort strayed wide.