DEWSBURY Rams head coach Glenn Morrison believes that his side are moving in the right direction as they prepare for what he describes as a “grand final type battle” in a must-win game away to fellow strugglers Oldham on Sunday (3pm).
Dewsbury suffered their fourth consecutive league defeat as they lost 20-6 to London Broncos at the Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday, taking them to 130 points conceded for the season with only 14 scored.
The Rams have beaten Oldham in the last two meetings between the sides and Morrison’s men will see this as a great opportunity to record their first win.
The Roughyeds have won only one of their four games so far as they beat Sheffield Eagles 26-10 on the opening day, but Morrison is expecting a tough test as he still has memories of the 38-16 defeat away to Oldham last season.
“I think they will be tough, they did a number on us down there last year and they are always tough at home,” he said.
“They are in a similar position to us, they are desperate for a win and they will see this as a game where they can knock us off, so I’m expecting a battle, I’m expecting a grand final-type battle.”
Morrison took plenty of positives from the defeat to London but rued missed opportunities that prevented Dewsbury from getting something from the game.
He said: “I thought we did a lot right, there was a lot of good stuff, we have looked at the review and if we had put the ball in the right path we probably could’ve scored three or four tries untouched.
“But we didn’t come up with the right play at the crucial time, the two points were there to be won and we have taken a lot of confidence from it.
“Any win builds confidence, it is a thing that is quickly lost but it’s something you can quickly get back again, we have had two good performances and we know we can’t look too far ahead and need to try and get the game this week ticked off.”
The Rams have again not had it their way when it comes to injuries, with several players on the treatment table. Toby Adamson became the latest casualty after he dislocated his elbow in Sunday’s loss.
“We lost another two at the weekend. The situation is what it is and we need to try and get a team on the park,” said Morrison.
“Josh Gudzek should hopefully be available this week. He is a quality player – full-back is a specialist position and I think we have missed him.
“He was our player of the year last year so hopefully we can get him back on the field.”
Morrison was also relieved that his side came out of the draw for the fourth round of the Challenge Cup with a home tie against Newcastle Thunder over the weekend of March 18-19. He said: “It’s good to get a home draw, there are a lot of tough away games out there but this will still be a tough one.
“They have a good coach up there and they have recruited strongly and do well in League 1, it will be a difficult match so I’m glad we have got it at home.”