Injury-hit Rams ready for Hornets

Injury-hit Rams ready for Hornets

DEWSBURY RAMS head coach Neil Kelly is hoping to welcome back a number of key players when the Rams host Rochdale Hornets this weekend. 

Kelly revealed that Dewsbury only had 18 fit players for their trip to London last Saturday, where they were beaten 64-6.

The Rams will be hoping to get their season back on track this Sunday after a run of seven straight defeats in the Betfred Championship. 

Dewsbury won the reverse fixture against Rochdale 38-6 but Kelly insists his side won’t be taking anything for granted this weekend. 

Rochdale have won only one game so far this season but have produced credible performances against Toronto and London in recent weeks.

“We are obviously hoping for a win and given the result over at Rochdale, it certainly gives us confidence that we can get some rewards for our good play,” said Kelly. 

“But I have looked at some of Rochdale’s performances and most notably against Toronto and they haven’t been bad.

“The worst thing we could do this week is take a win for granted. 

“They have got a workmanlike pack that puts in the same effort every time they play, so that tells us we can’t take it easy this weekend. 

“They have got some good wingers and we need to be prepared to match them and beat them all over the park.

“I took 18 fit players to London, and they are the only 18 fit players at the club so that gives an indication to some of the difficulties we are facing at the moment. 

“I am hoping that a few players who missed last week’s game will be ok for this weekend.”

Rob Spicer, Paul Sykes, Gareth Moore and Michael Knowles were just a few of the big names missing when Dewsbury travelled to London last weekend. 

The Rams boss admitted that the past couple of months have been difficult as Dewsbury have failed to claim a single point since February. 

Kelly felt that his side performed well for the first 30 minutes in London but eventually threw the game away in the second half. 

He said: “After 30 minutes against London, I was really pleased with the performance,” said Kelly. 

“We were 6-0 down, we were threatening but from 30 minutes onwards what we produced was too fragile, we need to learn to tough it out. 

“To go in 24-0 down at half-time after only being 6-0 down after 30 minutes was disappointing. 

“I didn’t feel the game had gone away from us at that point, but within five minutes of the second half we just collapsed. 

“So we have got every reason to produce a better performance this week. 

“There are several players that will be doing fitness tests, so I am hoping for some players back.”

Elsewhere, Dewsbury will visit Barrow Raiders on Sunday May 13 after the original fixture was postponed due to a frozen pitch. 

The game will kick off at 3pm and supporters wishing to travel to the game should contact The Amber Ribbon for information. 

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