Pressure still on struggling Rams

DEWSBURY chairman Mark Sawyer says the pressure is on the Rams as they look to secure their first league win of the season against Bradford Bulls on Sunday.

The Rams won their first game since September in a 36-8 success over League 1 side Newcastle.

However Sawyer believes that the win has not done much to alleviate the pressure on Dewsbury, as they are still yet to score more than six points in a league game this season.

Dewsbury face a difficult run of games over the coming weeks as they travel to Bradford and Halifax as well as hosting Featherstone and Batley.

Sawyer says that the Rams need to win a league game fast, in order to prevent them from dropping away from the sides above them.

“The pressure is certainly on us, over these next four games we need to start winning, or else we will fall off the pace in the division,” said Sawyer.

“It was nice to be able to put a win on the books against Newcastle and it should lift the spirits of the players, it is not a good feeling losing five league games in a row.

“It hasn’t just been the fact we have lost games, it is the fact we have scored so few points, so racking up some points last Friday should instil some confidence.

“Our first target over the next few weeks is to win a match, before we do that we need to start scoring more points, we have a few players coming back so that should help us.”dewsbury-rams-logo

Sawyer feels Dewsbury have had a tough time with injuries this season with numerous players sidelined, with some players yet to make an appearance.

He said: “The injuries haven’t helped us, some of our players still haven’t played a game this year and that has made things really difficult. We haven’t played too badly in some of the games but we have played very poorly in the other games.”

Dewsbury have been on the lookout for new players since the end of last season, but despite the funds being available to the club, new players aren’t.

“We have been looking at bringing in another half-back on a few occasions, the funds are there to do it, but unfortunately there is no-one available,” said Sawyer.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to sign a proven half-back since the close of the season but we have certainly been looking for one.”

Sawyer was happy that Dewsbury were drawn at home in the Challenge Cup fifth round but will expect a tough challenge as they host Batley Bulldogs on April 23, just nine days after the two sides are due to meet in the league.

He said: “I’m certainly glad that we got a home draw, it is the second time in a week we will have to play Batley so it will definitely be tough, it always is against local rivals.”

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