Thunder crushed despite early score

Gateshead gave Barrow a fright but were beaten at Craven Park.

Gateshead gave Barrow a fright but were beaten at Craven Park. Half-back Tim Martin shocked the home fans going over after three minutes to give the visitors the lead after work by Nick Hyde.

But it didn't take Barrow long to get into their stride. Michael Smith was held up on the line with Liam Finch crossing for the first of his three tries soon after. Thunder, with Barrow-born Mark McKinley in their side, were soon behind as centre Phil Atkinson took two tacklers over the line with him.

It became a procession for Barrow going to half-time, Finch grabbing his second, Liam Harrison bagging a brace and James Nixon scoring from the wing.

But Gateshead came back after the break, Hyde again picking out Martin, who carried two Raiders tacklers with him as he touched down near the post.

Harrison grabbed his hat-trick but Dylan Nash managed to get the ball down despite the attention of half the Barrow side to make it 38-16 and keep Thunder in with a chance.

Despite a Thunder's efforts, which home supporters were not expecting to be so determined, hopes of a comeback were ended as Paul Raferty and James Finch took Barrow to the half-century.

Hyde took a deserved try for himself, forcing his way through a crowd of tacklers, before Nixon and Liam Finch added late scores to see Barrow pass 60 points against Thunder for the second time this season.

Gateshead: Sanderson, Peers, Stephenson, McKinley, Harris, Christensen, Martin, Frazer, Hyde, Barron, Wooden, Nash, Williamson. Replacements: Clarke (not used), Bibus, Parker, Docherty (all used).

Referee: MatthewThomason (Warrington).

Attendance: 1,040.

SCORING - 3mins: Martin try, Christensen conversion, 0-6; 8mins: Liam Finch try, 4-6; 13mins: Atkinson try, Holt conv, 10-6; 22mins: Liam Finch try, Holt conv, 16-6; 35mins: Harrison try, 20-6; 37mins: Nixon try, Holt conv, 26-6; 40mins: Harrison try, Holt conv, 32-6; 43mins: Martin try, Christensen conv, 32-12; 50mins: Harrison try, Holt conv, 38-12; 53mins: Nash try, 38-16; 59mins: Raftery try, Holt conv, 44-16; 62mins: James Finch try, Holt conv, 50-16; 70mins: Hyde try, Christensen conv, 50-22; 75mins: Nixon try, 54-22; 80mins: Liam Finch try, Atkinson conv, 60-22.

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