DEWSBURY RAMS coach Glenn Morrison has declared his side’s fixture with Keighley is a must-win match.
But the Tetley’s Stadium boss still insists his side are taking it one game at a time.
The Rams travel to Cougar Park on Sunday (3pm) aiming to build on their derby victory over Batley Bulldogs.
They then face a tough run of fixtures against the current top sides – with Leigh, Halifax and Sheffield at home as well as a daunting trip to Featherstone.
Dewsbury hammered their near neighbours 43-10 at Tetley’s Stadium on Good Friday.
However, due to the Challenge Cup they were without a game last weekend but Morrison says they are still full of confidence.
Morrison said: “Keighley are a good side, especially at home, but it is a game we have to win.
“We need to kick on from the Batley result and it is a shame we had a week off really.
“The Cougars have a good squad and have spent some money and recruited well this year.
“We just need rise to the occasion like the derby game and if we have the same mentality we will show how good we are.
“But if we don’t we have also shown our bad side a couple of times too, so we don’t want to do that.”
Dewsbury are without Aaron Brown for the fixture after the loose forward was ruled out for the season with a knee injury.
Coach Morrison has the remainder of his squad fully fit and available, and he says it is that depth that could prove key in a difficult spell of fixtures.
“We want as many points as possible from the next eight games, but we are taking it one game at a time,” he continued
“I have a full squad to select from and that depth can prove vital in back to back games against top sides.
“Everyone will probably get a run out because you always get bumps and knocks during the season.”
However, one player Morrison will not have available is youngster Connor Nolan, as the 19-year-old has signed for Championship One side Gloucester All Golds until the end of the season.
Prop forward Nolan has not featured in Morrison’s plans this campaign, with competition for places being tough.
In order to develop his game further and get more game time Nolan will play with the All Golds for the remainder of 2014.
Morrison said: “We need to get them playing rugby because it is no good for them to be sitting on the touchline watching.
“It is the same with all the other players we have out on loan as well.”