DEWSBURY will go into the first Heavy Woollen derby of the Championship season with renewed hope after causing an upset in the Challenge Cup.
The Rams beat Bradford Bulls in thrilling fashion last Friday – and head coach Glen Morrison is calling for more of the same.
“We ground out a brilliant win against Bradford and we’ll need the same level of effort and determination to beat Batley tonight,” he said.
“Our win last week gave us the belief that on our day we can beat anyone.
“It came at an important time for us ahead of a busy Easter period where it is vital you play well because there are lots of points up for grabs.”
Dewsbury, who will be up against the strongest Batley Bulldogs side in recent memory, have been hampered by injuries all season.
Morrison has been forced into using numerous half-back pairings already, but the Rams boss believes that unforced errors have been the most costly aspect of their year so far.
“We had the potential to beat both London and Featherstone away but poor game management cost us two wins and we lost narrowly,” said Morrison.
“Had we held on in both those games we could have been right up their with Batley.”
The Rams will take on their bitter rivals at the Tetley’s Stadium tonight without Toby Adamson, who suffered a suspected torn bicep against Bradford.
Jack Teanby is also an absentee having suffered a blow to the head, and Scott Hale is out with a shoulder problem.
But Andy Kain has been included in Morrison’s 19-man squad having recovered from an ankle injury.
• Dewsbury’s reward for their heroics against Bradford is a home tie against League One side York City Knights in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup, which will take place on the weekend of April 16-17.