DEWSBURY RAMS found an extra gear in the closing exchanges of their encounter in Cumbria to emerge comfortable winners over Whitehaven.
The visitors gained the lead when Dalton Grant’s interception and 80-metre run laid the platform for Andy Kain to send Scott Hale over from short range.
Paul Sykes added the conversion.
Glenn Morrison’s side went further in front when Grant combined with Etu Uaisele to break, before Kain’s grubber was pounced upon by Sykes, who converted his own try to give Dewsbury a 12-point lead.
Haven found a response when Craig Calvert went over wide on the left on the overlap, for Louis Jouffret to convert, and the hosts were level when Connor Holliday finished off a fine move, which Jouffret again turned into six points.
The Rams made a quick start to the second half to re-establish their advantage.
First, Shane Grady produced a strong hand-off to force his way over from close range, Sykes again converting.
Shortly after the former Bradford Bulls half-back ran a great line in midfield to evade three defenders and crash over next to the posts, which he again converted.
The hosts gave themselves hope when the ball was scrambled right for Dave Allen to cross, although the conversion was missed missed, and Josh Guzdek quickly restored breathing space when he crashed onto a short ball and had enough momentum to fly over the try-line
And the Rams confirmed their victory when quick thinking from Aaron Brown following a Whitehaven knock-on sent Dalton Grant sprinting over out on the left.
Sykes added the goal from the touchline to make it six from six on the day and cap a fine individual display, which helped the Rams secure a crucial two points ahead of this Sunday’s visit of Featherstone Rovers.
Morrison was happy to come away from West Cumbria with the points and said: “It was a tough game but I felt like we deserved the scoreline at the end.
“Our defence is solid, and we withheld the pressure. We then managed to put some points on the board.”