DEWSBURY LOOK TO STOP BIG DIP

DEWSBURY RAMS will be looking to get their season back on track when they take on Batley in Blackpool on Sunday. 

Glenn Morrison’s side have managed only one win in their last four games in all competitions after back-to-back defeats to Warrington Wolves and top four rivals Sheffield Eagles, and the Rams boss said his side will have to improve for the derby.

“Our performance against Sheffield was poor, our energy levels weren’t there. We dug in and it was only down to one score but those are the games you need to win if you are to progress,” Morrison said.

“We’ll need to improve the individual performances because some players just weren’t up to scratch.”

The latest defeat leaves Dewsbury sixth in the Kingstone Press Championship, level with Halifax and two points behind Featherstone Rovers in fourth.

However the Rams may benefit from the arrangement of the Summer Bash fixtures, with all their nearest league rivals going head-to-head.

Seventh-placed London take on the Rams’ midweek conquerors Sheffield, while Bradford play Halifax, with Leigh and Featherstone battling it out in the last game of the weekend.

But the Rams could find their match against the Bulldogs a tricky proposition, as Batley’s rollercoaster season seems to be at something of a peak, after a win over Workington in the league and just falling short of a cup upset against Widnes.

“Batley are a tough, tough side with a good coach,” Morrison said. “Local derbies are big games, but form goes out of the window. They will come out all guns blazing, but so will we.”

Morrison said his side hadn’t had much time to think about the Summer Bash fixture due to their busy schedule, but said his team were looking forward to the event.

“It’s going to be a good weekend for the squad and the fans. We would have liked to have gone down on Saturday and stayed overnight, but that isn’t possible,” he said.

“We are on first on Sunday and then we have to be out of the ground and back onto the bus, but that’s out of our hands.”

One player that could miss the weekend’s clash is Toby Adamson, who was forced off with an ankle problem after just one carry in the game at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday.

Morrison said he wasn’t sure of the extent of the forward’s injury but said there would be other players waiting in the wings, ready to come in.

One of these is Joel Farrell – who missed the midweek game – with the youngster impressing in last Friday’s cup tie against Warrington.

“Faz is doing exactly what we ask of him,” said coach Morrison. “We haven’t thrown him in every game. He’s got a couple of things to improve on but he’s got a big future in the game.”

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