Barrow Raiders v Widnes Vikings Preview

17th August 2010

Barrow Raiders v Widnes Vikings (7.30pm)

Chris Young, Matt James and Michael Knowles could all feature for Barrow Raiders as Steve McCormack prepares his squad for their Co-operative Championship play-off assault.

Raiders are aiming to bounce back from Sunday’s 35-6 defeat against Dewsbury with two impressive performances in the final week of the regular league season.

McCormack told the North West Evening Mail: “We were very ordinary for pretty much all of the game (against Dewsbury), and we were lucky to come away with that scoreline to be honest.

“We have to pick ourselves up, analyse what we did right and what we did wrong and go from there. We have recovered well in the past and I’d back my players to do that again.”

Gareth Haggerty (knee) and Dave Allen (chest) are both missing for Widnes Vikings, who are also gearing up for the play-off battle.

Vikings were 30-10 victorious over Sheffield last week, but assistant coach Stuart Wilkinson insisted: “There are still areas where we can improve and get better."

He added: “We have changed a few things in the game plan, and it seems to be working for us.”