DEWSBURY coach Lee Greenwood says his team can head to Oldham with confidence this weekend as they look to turn “a good start into a very good start”.
The Rams have won back-to-back games against better-resourced sides since showing promise in the opening round of the Championship season in defeat to Leigh. They have since triumphed at Halifax and then backed that up with a brilliant 20-8 success over Widnes last Sunday.
They are level on points with the play-off places despite having a game postponed and not facing any of the sides expecting to be battling at the bottom end of the table yet this season.
However, that is set to change this Sunday (kick-off 3pm) with a trip to Bower Fold in Stalybridge to take on Oldham, who have won one of their opening four games under new coach Matt Diskin.
Greenwood (right) has been pleased to see the attitude and character of this season’s squad come to the fore in recent weeks, and wants to see that continue this weekend.
He said: “We know the culture behind the scenes is good. We know it’s a really good group in training and pre-season was good, but the proof is in the pudding with the results and we can’t really complain with what we’ve done so far.
“We won but we’ve got a game next week, and if we lose at Oldham then we’re all sulking again.
“We’ll be looking to go there and get two points to turn a good start into a very good start. If we can go three from four, I don’t think many people expected us to do that.
“Matt’s a good coach and he’ll be knowing what to do to beat us next week, but we can concentrate on ourselves now. There’s no fear. It’s not like we’ve lost the first three and it’s now a desperate, must-win four-pointer.
“We want to go win and we want to feel like we’re desperate even though it’s not a desperate stage. We can go a bit more relaxed, look at what we do well and what we need to do to beat Oldham, and we can go there with confidence.”
Dewsbury will have hooker Dom Speakman available again this week after serving his one-match suspension, while there were no injury concerns following the Widnes victory.
After the Oldham game, attention will have to turn quickly to the Challenge Cup, with the Rams’ fourth-round tie away at Whitehaven rescheduled for the Wednesday night (March 11, kick-off 7pm).
The winners of the tie will travel to Newcastle Thunder in the next round on March 15, with the tie selected by BBC Sport to be screened on the Red Button and online.