Dewsbury’s task is getting harder

HEAD coach Neil Kelly believes that Dewsbury must put in a “complete performance,” if they are to upset the odds as they host Halifax RLFC at the Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon (3pm). 

The Rams currently sit second from bottom in the Kingstone Press Championship, four points ahead of Bradford in 12th and two points behind Swinton in 10th.

Kelly feels that defeat to Oldham last week has added to the importance of Sunday’s game as the Rams look to move themselves away from the foot of the table.

“Last week’s game was really important, the fact that we didn’t get the result has only added to the importance of Sunday’s game,” said Kelly.

“On paper it is a harder game than last week, and seeing as we lost you would think Halifax would be favourites this week.

“We have had an up-turn in form, there have been plenty of positives in our performances but we have got to put a complete performance in, there will be no second chances for us.

“We are fully aware of where we are in the table, but we weren’t going to change overnight. I am confident this is a good side, but we really need to get rid of the things which are hurting us.”

Dewsbury played host to Oldham on Sunday and after leading 24-6 at half-time, conceded 22 points with no reply in the second half to lose the game 24-28.

Kelly was disappointed with the fashion of the defeat and feels that his players threw the game away.

He said: “We were in a winning position and it was in our hands to get the win but we didn’t control the ball and only completed at 50 per cent in the second half.

“That is a recipe for throwing the game away and that is exactly what we did.

“We played superbly in the first half, with the wind at our backs, but then proceeded to shoot ourselves in the foot and Oldham were the beneficiaries of our generous play and ended up getting the win.

“I don’t think it is lack of effort, at times our lack of completion is because we are trying too hard at times.

“We need to stop doing stupid things. We have been doing stupid things in games and that is something that has been costing us.”

The Rams have been plagued by injuries, but Kelly is glad to have acquired two new signings in the past week. Sam Day has joined on a month-long loan from Featherstone Rovers while Shaun Squires has joined from rivals Batley Bulldogs.

“I think they are both positive additions to the squad, they can provide some competition for places and add some more quality to the side as well,” added Kelly.

“Sam Day showed in the game last week what he has got to offer and I am really pleased to acquire Shaun Squires and I feel he will be a popular player with the rest of the team and with the crowd.”

Kelly has also revealed that former Leeds and Dewsbury half-back Paul Delaney will be joining the Rams as his assistant coach after the departures of Jonathan Schofield and Karl Pryce two weeks ago.

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