Rams paying price for Reserves focus

DEWSBURY boss Glenn Morrison believes the club’s decision to invest in an ill-fated reserves side this season is ‘hurting’ the first team’s chances.

The Rams have lost 10 of their 15 Championship matches this term and are currently unable to strengthen their depleted squad because of a lack of funds.

Money was pumped into the Rams’ second string who won the Reserves Championship Grand Final in 2015 but, due to a lack of fixtures as some clubs, including Featherstone and Sheffield Eagles, scrapped their second string sides, the Rams too had to follow suit.

“We thought the right way to go was to invest in our reserves,” explained Morrison.

“But for reasons out of our control it didn’t work out and now we are left in a position where we can’t sign players in order to cover for injuries, unlike Batley for example.”

Dewsbury’s fierce Heavy Woollen rivals edged the latest derby encounter at the Summer Bash to go third in the Championship and Morrison’s men face another top four opponent this weekend in the shape of Bradford Bulls, knowing they will need to put a winning run together soon in order to avoid a relegation scrap.

“I’m confident in the ability of my squad it’s just a matter of getting bodies back on the field,” said the Aussie coach.

“We had Paul Jackson, Tony Tonks, Scott Hale and Ryan Hepworth all out injured watching from the stand.

“Then there are individual errors from the players who are fit which have proved really costly in games.

“But despite not playing our best we should have beaten Batley, we were leading on more than one occasion and couldn’t hold on.

“The players are putting the effort in it’s just a confidence issue with them, but I know with that same level of effort we will come good. We’re not far off.”

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