Dewsbury Rams gave their survival hopes a huge boost as they produced a gutsy 22-20 win over Barrow Raiders at the Tetley’s Stadium
The result moves Neil Kelly’s side into ninth place in the Betfred Championship, three points clear of Swinton Lions and Rochdale Hornets who occupy the bottom two spots.
A late score from Lucas Walshaw proved the difference as Dewsbury ended a run of four-straight defeats.
The Raiders took an early lead as they opted to kick for two after a late hit on Jamie Dallimore.
From the kick-off, Barrow were penalised for a forward pass, giving the Rams an attacking opportunity.
Dom Speakman almost put Dewsbury in front but he was held just short of the line before winning a penalty.
From the resultant penalty, the ball came to Jack Teanby, just short of the line, and he twisted his way over to score.
It didn’t take long for the away side to draw level as Matthew While scythed through the Rams defence to level the scores.
Dewsbury fell further behind just before the half-hour mark as Dallimore added two extra points via a penalty.
And they trailed by six points soon after thanks to a third penalty goal from Barrow.
Some superb individual play from hooker Sam Day at the start of the second half helped pull Dewsbury level.
The former Featherstone man ran horizontally from dummy half before nipping through a gap to ground between the posts.
Dewsbury took the lead when some quick hands from right to left saw Gareth Potts dot down in the corner.
Barrow hit back as Jarrad Stack palmed Dallimore’s high ball to Dean Parata who raced to the corner to score.
And the visitors edged further ahead moments later thanks to another Dallimore penalty goal.
Aaron Brown thought he had scored the equalising try but his effort was chalked off for a forward pass.
Lucas Walshaw had the home support on their feet minutes later, however, as he powered over the line following a short ball from Paul Sykes.
The Rams saw out the remaining moments to claim an important victory in their quest for survival.
Dewsbury Rams: Josh Guzdek, Gareth Potts, Lucas Walshaw, Adam Ryder, Dale Morton, Paul Sykes, Lewis Heckford, Jode Sheriffe, Dom Speakman, Jack Teanby, Kyle Trout, Michael Knowles, Aaron Brown. Interchanges: Sam Day, Toby Everett, Daniel Igbinedion, James Glover. Head Coach: Neil Kelly.
Barrow Raiders: Ryan Fieldhouse, Jonny Pownall, Jarrad Stack, Thomas Loxam, Ryan Burroughs, Jamie Dallimore, Ryan Johnston, Joe Bullock, Nathan Mossop, Alec Susino, Jono Smith, Bradd Crellin, Dan Toal. Interchanges: Dean Parata, Ryan Duffy, Ben Garner, Matthew While. Head Coach: Paul Crarey.
Referee: Jack Smith