Guzdek hat-trick proves in vain as Rams defeated

It was Dewsbury's ninth straight league defeat and leaves them just two points above the Betfred Championship relegation zone.
It was Dewsbury's ninth straight league defeat and leaves them just two points above the Betfred Championship relegation zone.

Josh Guzdek scored a hat-trick of tries but still ended up on the losing side as Dewsbury Rams slipped to a 58-32 defeat at Barrow Raiders last Sunday.

It was Dewsbury’s ninth straight league defeat and leaves them just two points above the Betfred Championship relegation zone.

Dewsbury started brightly with a spell of pressure in the opening 10 minutes but they were unable to break the Barrow defence and the home side went ahead when Joe Bullock raced over for the opening score and Jamie Dallimore landed the first of his nine conversions.

The Rams hit back as Aaron Brown produced a fine run which took him past several defenders and over for a try, which James Glover converted to level.

Just three minutes later, Dewsbury hit the front as full-back Guzdek scooted away from the Barrow defence to score, with Glover again converting.

The lead lasted just six minutes as Jono Smith forced his way to the line following good work by Ryan Johnston and Dallmore converted.

Barrow then took a 27th minute lead they would not lose as Ryan Fieldhouse and Andy Litherland combined to send winger Gene Ormsby racing 40 metres down the touchline to score at the corner.

Dewsbury conceded two further tries in the build up to half-time as Barrow took control.

Ryan Duffy barged his way over and Dallimore converted before the latter capitalised when the Rams failed to take a high kick and he raced through for a try which he improved as the Raiders led 28-12.

Things got worse for the visitors as they conceded a further four tries in just eight minutes at the start of the second half.

Jarrad Stack gathered a high kick out wide to score at the corner and Dallimore landed a terrific goal.

Dean Parata then outpaced the Rams defence on his way to score out wide and Dallimore’s excellent game with the boot continued as he was again successful with the conversion.

Dewsbury conceded back-to-back penalties which gifted Barrow good field position and Stack crossed for his second try, with Dallmore’s goal stretching the lead to 46-12.

The Rams defence was tiring in the heat and Fieldhouse forced his way over to bring up the half-century, with Dallimore again converting.

Although the game was beyond them, Dewsbury showed heart in the final quarter to mount a fightback.

Guzdek crashed over for his second try just short of the hour mark before Macauley Hallett crossed for the Rams fourth try and Glover converted the latter.

Danny Morrow replied with Barrow’s 10th try, which Dallimore improved but Dewsbury finished strongly with two further tries late in the game.

Sam Day crossed at the side of the posts and Glover converted before Guzdek gave the final scoreline further respectability when he completed his hat-trick two minutes from time.