DEWSBURY RAMS head coach Lee Greenwood says his side need to improve if they are to be competitive in this year’s Championship.
The Rams have two pre-season run-outs before their 2020 season gets underway against Leigh Centurions on Friday January 31.
First up is a trip to League 1 side Keighley this Sunday (kick-off 2pm) – and Greenwood is hoping his players can get rid of the basic errors they made in their 14-14 draw with local rivals Batley on Boxing Day.
“We made some simple mistakes that we need to get rid of really to play at Championship level,” said Greenwood (below).
“Some of our attacking stuff wasn’t where I want it to be for quite large parts of the game so we’ll hopefully improve on them.
“Overall it wasn’t too bad but we know we need to get a bit better overall in everything really because the Championship is so hard.
“We don’t just want to compete against the teams in and around us and try to get results that way, I want us going into every single game and looking to win.
“We’ll need to be better than we were on Boxing Day, and hopefully we do improve on Sunday against Keighley.”
He added: “We’re not going to be playing Keighley in the league this season so it’s not like we need to be learning too much about them or worrying too much about what they do.
“It’s just about us improving in the areas we thought we weren’t that good at on Boxing Day, and taking another step closer to being somewhere where we want to be for the first league game.”
Dewsbury found themselves narrowly missing out on relegation from the Championship last season, finishing just above Barrow and Rochdale in 11th.
And Greenwood, who took over at the Rams at the start of 2019, admitted: “Did I expect it (a relegation fight) when I took the job? Yes I did last year.
“But this year I don’t know, it’s hard to say.
“You don’t know if the teams that did really well last year are going to repeat that. Are London going to be as strong as Toronto were? Probably not.
“Then you look at Leigh, Featherstone and Toulouse, they think they’ve got a better chance now with Toronto out of the way and they look like they’ve recruited heavily to make a proper go of promotion.
“It’s tough, there’s a lot of different challenges. And then when you play the teams in and around you, they’re all looking at you as a big four-pointer and you’re doing the same to them.
“You have one week off and you don’t just get beat, you get beat comfortably. It’s quite brutal to be fair but it makes for an exciting league.”