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Haven Barow
March21 2004

Action shots By Mike M.

Haven rested a number of star names, nine of the team that played at Batley last week, ahead of next Sunday's Powergen Challenge Cup quarter final and struggled to a 14-10 win over Barrow .The wet and windy conditions certainly made it very difficult to play open rugby, while some credit must go to a dogged and determined Barrow side who were very physical throughout and caused a disjointed Haven team no end of problems .

It was the visitors who made the early play, robust tackling and running unsettling the Haaven, and it was no surprise when a Phil Atkinson try gave Barrow a early 4 nil lead .

It wasnt until the introduction from the bench of Craig Chambers that Haven got into the game . His support running off Carl Sices dummy half breaks continually opened up the visitors' defence, opening the way for a John Lebbon try which Mick Nanyn goaled and added a further penalty to give a 8-4 lead . This was Haven's best spell of the game, Ryan Campbell going over but being recalled for a marginal forward pass and a number of other opportunities were denied with the ball carrier being held up over the line .

Just before the hooter Haven extended their lead as Wes Wilson Spencer Miller and Craig Walsh combined beautifully down the popular side to send David Seeds in for a cracking try, Mick Nanyn added the extras as we lead 14-6 at the half .

That was as good as it got for the Haven , the second period turned into an arm wrestle between two team struggling to adapt to the worsening conditions. The only score came midway through the half as McLure touched down to bring the visitors within 4 points of the Haven and give the team an anxious last quarter. In truth it was the Haven who finished the stronger , with only a cruel bounce denying David Seeds a second try which would haven seen the Haven home . But Haven were glad to hear the hooter and squeeze home in what was a tense Cumbrian derby .

Thankfully no injuries to report , difficult to pick any real stand out from today's game. Craig Walsh was the official man of the match , while I though we saw a differant side to Mick Nanyn today his defence and general graft got Haven out of trouble on a number of occasions .

Its onto the big one next week, lets hope the weather's better !!!!!1

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