Rams gutted despite Bullish performance

Rams gutted despite Bullish performance

Glenn Morrison said his Rams’ side were “gutted” while opposite number James Lowes labelled Bradford’s performance as “rubbish” after the Bulls were forced to come from 12 points down to maintain their 15-match winning Championship run with a 22-18 victory over Dewsbury.

The Bulls were without chief playmaker and top try-scorer Lee Gaskell but Lowes refused to blame that for a stuttering first half performance, which ended with the hosts 6-0 down.

The hard-working Rams doubled their advantage shortly after the break and it needed four Bradford tries in the final half hour to secure victory.

Dewsbury, who began the day just a point off the top four, had the better of the first half and deservedly led 6-0 at the break.

Keiran Hyde, Anthony Thackeray, Brett Seymour and Aaron Brown orchestrated a solid if not spectacular Rams assault, which created more of the few chances on offer amid constant drizzle.

But it wasn’t until five minutes before the break that the Rams broke the deadlock through a jigging and twisting solo effort from Anthony Thackeray.

Shortly after their restart their lead was doubled when former Bradford back Karl Pryce rose to claim a cross-field kick from Hyde to score. Brett Seymour added the goals on both occasions.

The Bulls remained pointless until the 51st minute, by far the longest period they have failed to score all season.

Adam Henry began the fightback when bursting onto an astute long pass from Adam O’Brien.

Five minutes later the score was level after a Jake Mullaney break ended in Adrian Purtell crossing and Ryan Shaw, just on as a substitute, converted both.

Bradford still had to wait until 13 minutes from the end to hit the front for the first time, their third try coming in a cruel manner for Dewsbury as Hyde and Dalton Grant conspired to fumble the ball deep in their own territory and Danny Addy was quickest to pounce and score.

Purtell grabbed his second to seal victory, although a late Dale Morton try, created and converted by Hyde, gave the Rams some but ultimately fruitless late hope.

Morrison spoke of the dejection in the Rams’ changing room. “We’re gutted we came here to get a win and prepared well. We did so much hard work and then gifted them the win,” he said.

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