DEWSBURY boss Glenn Morrison says tomorrow’s tough trip to Whitehaven could be a turning point in the Rams’ season.
Morrison’s side, who have lost their last four Championship games and were beaten 54-4 by Wigan in the Challenge Cup on Sunday, travel to Cumbria in desperate need of a victory to propel them up the table.
Whitehaven sit 11th in the standings, level on points with ninth-placed Dewsbury but with an inferior points difference, and head coach Morrison said: “It’s always a tough place to go and we’re definitely treating it in the right manner.
“A win gives us momentum and we’re back in the mix at the right end, but a loss could put us in big trouble.”
Following their injury crisis, which saw them at times struggle to field 17 fit players, Morrison says he now has a “few more bodies” back in training, with Rob Spicer and Tony Tonks both close to returning to action.
The home defeat to Wigan saw Dewsbury only pick up a few minor bumps and bruises and, despite the scoreline, the Rams’ Aussie boss was proud of his players’ showing at the Tetley’s Stadium.
The Warriors led 36-4 at the interval and Morrison said: “They started strongly and probably caught us off guard a bit. We were lazy on the inside defensively and we got caught a few times. But we only conceded three tries in the second half, we made plenty of line-breaks and we tested them out.
“We were unlucky not to score a few tries and in that sense I was proud of the boys and they way they didn’t let it go on to be a cricket score.”
Meanwhile, due to the challenges of a sparse schedule of fixtures and the difficulties in retaining players as a result, the Rams have withdrawn from the Reserves Competition.
Dewsbury were Reserves Championship Grand Final winners in 2015 and have enjoyed average attendances of more than 200 at matches over the last 18 months.
Six members of the 2015 squad were rewarded with first team contracts for 2016, while winger Donald Kudangirana was selected to make his debut in Sunday’s Challenge Cup clash with Wigan after having previously played for the Reserves.
A club spokesman said: “The withdrawal of Sheffield Eagles and Featherstone Rovers earlier in this season has impacted on the fixture schedule, to the extent that the Reserves had only played four games so far this season, despite the players having been in training for several months.
“We have attempted on several occasions, without success, to arrange further friendlies to bolster the fixture list.
“But the players faced the prospect of several weeks without a game and a season finishing in early July, which just isn’t any good for their development.”