VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Doncaster 32 Barrow Raiders 4

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Doncaster claimed their third successive win as they defeated Barrow on home soil to give their Championship play-off hopes a huge boost.

It took Dons a matter of seconds to open the scoring against the Raiders as Danny Cowling raced from deep to touch down on the right and Stewart Sanderson kicked over for an early lead.

Dons v Barrow.  Danny Cowling scores a breakaway try to open the Dons scoring.   Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Dons v Barrow. Danny Cowling scores a breakaway try to open the Dons scoring. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Heavy downpours at the Keepmoat Stadium failed to dampen the spirit of Tony Miller’s side as Matty Dawson then powered over for a try but Sanderson skewed his conversion wide.

Barrow later failed to deal with a Paul Cooke kick as the grateful Chris Spurr was in the right place to touch down over the whitewash. Sanderson regained his range and fired between the posts for 16-0.

Doncaster’s early onslaught continued as a textbook passing move along the line saw Den Tuffour collect the final pass and go over in the right-hand corner. But Sanderson’s kick failed to register as Doncaster’s lead remained 20-0 with 20 minutes gone.

Their Cumbrian counterparts struggled to attack a resilient Doncaster side but eventually got into their stride as they hit back five minutes later when Jordan Davies marked his third try in his second game for the Raiders.

Sean Casey was unlucky with his conversion which struck the right-hand post and the score remained 20-4.

Barrow’s travelling fans tried to gear up Darren Holt’s men, however, Lee Waterman added further misery when he finished off a slick interchange of passes to go over between the posts and gift Sanderson the simplest of conversions for 26-4.

Play was momentarily postponed as a collection of tackles saw Barrow prop Jamie Butler floored and having to go off the field for further treatment.

Once play resumed, Doncaster continued their attack in a bid to wrap up their third Championship on the bounce as the heavens opened once more. Waterman added his second score of the game, sliding over the line in style as Sanderson kicked over coolly for a score of 32-4 to the hosts.

Those scores proved to be the final of the game as Miller’s men ran out comfortable winners at the Keepmoat.