Morrison hampered by growing injury list

DEWSBURY RAMS head coach Glenn Morrison could be without six key players going into the Boxing Day clash against close rivals Batley Bulldogs.

The injury list includes Scott Hale (shoulder), Karl Price (bicep), Sam Bates (jaw), Ben Reynolds (shoulder), Tony Tonks (ankle) and Aaron Brown (knee), but despite the setbacks Glenn Morrison is optimistic he can improve his Boxing Day record against the Bulldogs this time around.

“We’ve struggled against Batley on Boxing Day since I arrived at Dewsbury, but the good thing is that throughout the regular season when points are up for grabs we have had the upper hand,” said Morrison.

“We hope that we can get a win for the fans, it would make their Christmas.

“We have been preparing for the game well and I’m happy with how the players have been performing in training.

“The players are eager to kick start our pre-season schedule with a win, as am I, and it would make it even more special that the win would come over Batley.

“I’m also excited to see the new signings in action, I’m confident they will offer us a lot, not just on Boxing Day, but during the season.”

The Bulldogs under-performed last year, finishing ninth in the Championship table, just four points above the drop, but the Mount Pleasant side have strengthened, bringing in eight new players (one fewer than the Rams) in preparation for 2016.

“I expect Batley to come back strong,” added Morrison.

“They have a good looking squad and have a very experienced manager in John (Kear).

“I’m sure they will be aiming to finish above us this coming season and they will definitely be close challengers to us.

“It just makes this Boxing Day game even more important because it will act as a great marker for us and tell us exactly where we are at and what we need to do to improve.”

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