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Thunder's Barrowload of woes.

Byline: By Jeff Bowron

A misfiring Gateshead Thunder missed out on fifth spot in National League Two as Barrow Raiders completed a second emphatic victory at the Thunderdome this year, (writes Jeff Bowron).

The Cumbrians eased to a 47-24 Northern Rail Cup win on the opening day of the season and returned to put 40 points past tired opponents.

Only two points separated the two sides at the interval ( but two tries in the opening 10 minutes after the break and another two in the last 10 minutes saw Thunder slip to a 40-16 defeat.

The Jekyll and Hyde Tynesiders have followed a win with a defeat for the last six games and remain in mid-table with four wins from eight outings.

Barrow also had a game on Sunday but Gateshead's Australian captain Joe Burley blamed fatigue for the loss of his side's unbeaten home record in the league.

He said: "The boys were tired. We were right in the game at half-time but we ran out of gas and the two early second-half tries killed us.

"We were chasing our tails after that and we gave ourselves no chance in the second half with a 50% completion rate.

"We were not as creative as we could have been and it was disappointing we could not back up the win at Workington. We have to bounce back at home to Sheffield on Sunday."

One small consolation for Thunder was Nathan Black's first-half try which equalled a club record as the 21-year-old Australian hooker touched down for the sixth consecutive game.

GATESHEAD THUNDER: Thunder: 1 Liddell, 2 Brown, 3 Jeffries, 4 Neighbour, 5 Peers, 6 Birch, 7 Connors, 8 Line, 9 Black, 10 St Bernard, 11 Bradley, 12 Cakacaka, 13 Burley. Subs (all used): Rowe, Doherty, Rutherford, Barnes.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2006
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