Rams aim high after Bulls win

Rams aim high after Bulls win

DEWSBURY captain Paul Sykes believes his match-winning kick against Bradford could help propel the Rams up the Championship table ahead of the Super 8s and says the side have ‘turned a corner’ in recent weeks.

Glenn Morrison’s men have struggled somewhat in the second tier this year and have won just twice in their last seven outings, leaving the side on the brink of a relegation scrap before last week’s heroics at Odsal eased their woes.

Sykes, 34, led by example throughout the encounter against his former club and collected the man of the match award despite playing down his own efforts.

“It was just another kick,” said the former Super League star about his match-winning goal attempt.

“I went through the same routine and the conditions were perfect so I was feeling pretty confident, I was just a bit further out than usual so gave it a bit more and luckily it went over.”

The Rams climbed to seventh thanks to the victory and more importantly stretched the margin between themselves the bottom two to four points.

“It was great to finally get another win, the lads played with confidence again,” said Sykes.

“I felt we turned a corner in Blackpool but we just missed out against a strong Batley side.

“Against Bradford we really defended well though and it was a great team performance.

“The key is we build on that and start looking up and target a spot in the top six which was a big aim for us at the start of the season.”

Oldham, who currently sit in the relegation zone, visit the Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday in what could prove to be a vital game in the outcome of the season.

Sykes added: “It’s a must-win for us against Oldham, we don’t want to slip up after last weekend’s efforts and get dragged straight back into a relegation scrap.”

Elsewhere at the Rams Scott Hale is set to make his 100th appearance against Scott Naylor’s Roughyeds.

The second row forward has had an injury-hit campaign in 2016 and has made just 12 appearances in all competitions this term.

The 24-year-old, who made his debut against Doncaster in 2013, went on to make 32 appearances that year before making a combined 55 outings in the following two campaigns.

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