Stakes are high as Fax set their sights on Barrow win

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Everyone involved in tonight’s game at Craven Park knows the ramifications.

If Fax win - and there is no doubt they can if they get off to a good start - they will be perfectly placed to challenge Barrow for the sixth and final place in the end of season play offs.

A Raiders victory means Fax would have to win their game in hand to get to within four points of the Cumbrians and have a further five games in which to make up the difference.

That would be leaving to much to chance for anyone’s liking.

The aim is clear - win and then move on to the Northern Rail Cup final.

That is always easier said than done in Cumbria, a notoriously difficult place to return from with anything down the years.

And the Raiders have an added incentive - a new coach in the form of Dave Clark.

I say new, what I actually mean is returning because Clark is starting his fourth spell at the helm.

He was, however, in charge back in 2009 when he learned a lesson from a heavy defeat at the Shay in the Northern Rail Cup to mastermind a Grand Final victory for the Cumbrians over Matt Calland’s side.

Clark only took over this week, but he has been at Craven Park so many times that he will hardly take a long time to settle in behind his coach’s desk.

The reverse side of the coin is that Calland and his staff will know all about the Aussie and the way he likes his sides to play.

And that means they can plot a course of action that will see them back in the thick of the play off race later this evening.