Rams aim to kick on

Rams aim to kick on

DEWSBURY RAMS win over Batley Bulldogs at the Summer Bash could prove to be the catalyst that reignites the club’s season, according to head coach Neil Kelly. 

The Rams had suffered nine straight defeats in the Betfred Championship but have now picked up three points from a possible four. 

Kelly’s men earned a creditable draw at Halifax last weekend before narrowly defeating their Heavy Woollen rivals 20-18 in Blackpool on Sunday. 

And while the Rams boss admits it wasn’t the best his team has played, the result was more important than the performance. 

“I was very pleased with the win, I am not going to say anything other than that – it is good to win,” said Kelly. 

“Sometimes the result is more important than the performance and I think we were getting to the stage when that was the case. 

“On the back of the previous week’s draw, I am hopeful now that it is a sign of going onto more positive results. 

“I thought the players got the result they deserved against Batley, they showed tremendous amounts of character. 

“I sometimes think that we flirt with disaster by ignoring the good work we have done for the sake of a piece of loose play which threatens to unwind all the good work we have done, but fortunately the players wised up and got the result in the end. 

“On the balance of play, I think we deserved to win, not by many but we deserved to win.”

The Rams are not in action this weekend due to Challenge Cup quarter-final action taking place. 

And Kelly says that he has given his players a week off to try and have as many people fit and available for their home clash with Featherstone Rovers next weekend. 

He said: “We are welcoming the week’s rest, regardless of anything else we have got well-documented injuries. 

“A lot of our injuries are week-to-week injuries so we have given the players a week off. 

“It is always easier to give the players a bit of time off after a win rather than after a loss. 

“I think the week off will stand them in good stead when we play Featherstone and we will be looking at having the niggly injuries out of the way, and only have the long-term injuries, such as Gareth Moore, to worry about.”

Moore has been out with a foot injury for the past few weeks and Kelly admitted he doesn’t know when the half-back will return. 

The Dewsbury chief also reserved special praise for Josh Guzdek, Gareth Potts, Dale Morton and Shannon Wakeman for their performances in Sunday’s win over Batley. 

He added: “I thought in last week’s game, Josh Guzdek, Gareth Potts and Dale Morton played exceptionally well for us. 

“And Shannon Wakeman was on hand to show his value to us once again.”

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