DEWSBURY RAMS head coach Glenn Morrison is demanding a major improvement from his side against Workington this weekend, having narrowly edged out newly promoted Swinton Lions last Sunday.
Morrison insisted it was vital his side made a good start to their Championship campaign against John Duffy’s Swinton, but despite the two-point win the performance was not what he had hoped for.
“The performance was pathetic,” said Morrison.
“We are capable of doing a lot better than that, we reviewed the game afterwards and we realised we only played the ball in their half 10 times or so which isn’t good enough.
“But to their credit the lads fought hard and I’m happy we managed to get the two points against a team that played well and Swinton will probably consider themselves a bit unlucky. We had a game plan but they prevented us from executing it.
“Playing newly-promoted teams is always tricky in your opening game because they are desperately trying to prove themselves in the division.”
In what was a physical contest Aaron Brown and Jack Teanby both picked up injuries to add to Morrison’s disappointment. The duo are now major doubts for this weekend’s visit of Workington.
Brown had to be replaced after a recurrence of a knee injury which ruled him out of the Rams’ Championship Shield play-off semi-final against London Broncos last season.
Meanwhile Teanby suffered a knock to his eye and was suffering blurred vision at the AJ Bell Stadium last Sunday.
But Dewsbury have positives to take from their opening day victory, and Morrison should be impressed as some of his off-season recruits fared well.
Three of his additions, Paul Sykes, Ben Reynolds and Josh Guzdek scored all of Dewsbury’s points against Swinton, with 20-year-old Guzdek looking like a gem of a signing having scored a hat-trick.
“There are positives to take from the game and Guzdek’s hat-trick is definitely one of them,” said Morrison.
“I hope he can continue that good form over the course of the season. I brought him to the club because I knew he had a lot of potential and he’s been showing that in training, now he’s also shown it where it matters, on the pitch.”