INJURY WOES continue for Dewsbury Rams as they prepare to face neighbours Batley at the Summer Bash this weekend without forwards Scott Hale and Kyle Trout.
Hale (elbow) and Trout (knee) picked up injuries in the disappointing defeat to Featherstone in the Championship last time out, which leaves the Owl Lane side just two points above the bottom two.
“I’m hoping they won’t be long term, we’ve had it tough with injuries this year and I was hoping we were over the worse of the problems,” said Morrison.
“They’ve come at a bad time ahead of arguably our biggest game of the season.”
Dewsbury won last year’s derby in Blackpool 19-12, but this year the roles have reversed and in-from Batley will be the favourites in the latest instalment of the Heavy Woollen clash.
“The derbies are the big games you really want to win for the fans, I know it means a lot to them and it means just as much to me and the players as well,” said Morrison.
“We’ve been training hard making sure we’re prepared and able to put in a good performance.
“It will be really tough though, Batley are good all over the park and have two impressive half backs.
“John (Kear) has put a really strong squad together this year and they’ve proven to be a match for anyone.
“I know exactly how good John is as a coach, I played under him as captain at Wakefield a few years ago.
“I consider us to be good friends and I always wish him the best except when we face each other in competition and then there’s no talking.”
A win is arguably more important for Dewsbury as they look to distant themselves from the drop, having been inconsistent for the most part this season due to injuries.
“We’ve had mixed results, but not being able to field a regular side has been really difficult,” added the Rams boss.
“I have been impressed with the effort of the players though, even against Featherstone, in defence we looked good for large periods.
“I’m expecting the same from the lads this weekend.”