Kelly ready for huge test as the Rams hit Barrow

Kelly ready for huge test as the Rams hit Barrow

Dewsbury Rams head coach Neil Kelly has said his side will need to “fight for everything” when they visit Barrow on Sunday. 

The Rams make the first of two trips to Cumbria after they were drawn away to Whitehaven in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup on Tuesday, with that tie to be played on Sunday March 18. 

With Barrow yet to lose a game at home this year, after drawing with Toronto and beating Leigh, Kelly is not taking anything for granted. 

However, the Rams boss has been pleased by how his players have started the season. 

“I think every time you go up to Cumbria, and this will ring true in the cup game as well, you have got to expect a tough game and you have got to fight for everything you get,” said Kelly. 

“They have taken three points out of four from the two most fancied sides in this competition.

“They have got off to a great start at home. 

“I am very pleased with how we have started, anybody who has watched us can see the big positives.

“We are not the finished object and we don’t claim to be and I’m sure we will have darker times this year at some point with injuries. 

“But if you had said to me you will win three out of your first four I would have accepted that. 

“We are pleased but the good thing is we don’t spend much time looking back, we are looking forward and putting the three wins in the locker and focusing on Barrow.”

Kelly feels that the defensive displays from his players will stand them in good stead for the season.

Dewsbury have only conceded 36 points in their opening four games – 10 points fewer than the number they had conceded after one game last year. 

“I am pleased with the players’ commitment to the defence in the last few minutes against Swinton,” he added. 

“They were camped on our line, similar to Rochdale last Monday, and both times we defended well even though the result was in the bag. 

“The determination and the desire was there to stop them from scoring and that is going to stand us in good stead and could win us a game later in the year.

“We are also really pleased with the increased gate, I think we had over 900 at the game last week. 

“That is not lost on the players, they appreciate the support and if we can get it above 1,000 and rising that would be superb.”

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