Barrow postponement was disrespectful, says Kelly

Barrow postponement was disrespectful, says Kelly

Dewsbury Rams head coach Neil Kelly has accused Barrow Raiders of lacking respect after last weekend’s game between the two sides was called off on Sunday morning.

With a number of fixtures across the Championship postponed last week due to the severe weather, Kelly says he was unsurprised by the decision. 

However, the Rams boss feels that with a 268-mile round trip from Dewsbury to Barrow to factor in, the game should have been called off much sooner. 

“I thought it was disrespectful of Barrow to delay the pitch inspection,” said Kelly. 

“Everyone who experienced or witnessed the weather last week wasn’t surprised the game was called off. 

“Bear in mind that we have to travel over 250 miles there and back and I thought it was disrespectful of Barrow to leave it so late to call the game off.

“It could have been on if the temperature had gone up enough. 

“But we are not in the habit of making predictions and when everything is considered, like I have already said, I thought it was really disrespectful. 

“I am a bit disappointed with it, we are dealing with part-time players and they all stayed in on Saturday night. 

“They all turned up on Sunday morning to go to the game and when you call it off so late you lose your two days’ rest time.”

The Rams are set to welcome table-topping Toulouse Olympique to the Tetley’s Stadium this Sunday.

Toulouse are currently top of the Championship and Kelly believes the French outfit are now a stronger team to the one the Rams beat 36-34 in a dramatic home game last season. 

He said: “They are going through the competition at the moment like a hot knife through butter. 

“They are a really good side, they have recruited well in the off-season and they are a stronger side than we played last year. 

“They have got the benefit of being full time so that makes them a tall order anyway, so it is going to be a real tough ask.

“Last year’s win gives us confidence that we can beat them, we are at home anyway and we expect to win. 

“But I would imagine that is fresh in their memories and they are not going to take us easy because they know that they will need to work hard. 

“Sometimes you can work hard and go home with nothing and that’s our ambition – send Toulouse back to the airport with a loss.”

Kelly says he is still unsure if Gareth Moore will be fit for this weekend’s game. 

The half-back has been out of action since Dewsbury’s defeat against London. 

The Rams chief says that Moore could make his return this week but there is a possibility he could be sidelined for a further few weeks.

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