Rams respond well to derby day disaster

DEWSBURY RAMS responded well to the disappointment of losing to Batley Bulldogs in the Heavy Woollen derby to overcome full-timers Sheffield 34-16.

Dewsbury went ahead in the opening exchanges thanks to some sublime attacking play which paved the way for Dale Morton to blast his way over in the corner.

This was followed soon after by another clever move involving Joel Farrell, Morton, Josh Guzdek and Paul Sykes who together paved the way for Dalton Grant to score in the corner in the next play. Sykes was accurate with the conversion from the touchline.

The visitors showed intent when they reduced their arrears thanks to a try from Dave Hewitt. Michael Knowles added the extras.

But it was to be Dewsbury’s half as they scored their third try on the stroke of the interval.

Morton was the man to touchdown after he cut inside to fool two would be tacklers. Sykes converted to give the home side a 16-6 lead at the break.

Rob Worrincy’s try after the restart gave Mark Aston’s men hope of a comeback but their hopes were soon cut short when the rampant Rams scored two tries in as many minutes.

First Nathan Conroy did the hard work before setting up Shane Grady to go over. Sykes was once again accurate with the conversion.

This was followed by a Farrell which Sykes converted.

Sheffield did muster somewhat of a consolation through a Cory Aston try but Sykes stepped up shortly afterwards to to ease any nerves and seal an impressive win with a penalty goal.

It wasn’t to be the final action of the game, however, as Toby Adamson crashed over on the hooter for the hosts’ sixth try of the match.

The win leaves Glenn Morrison’s men two points adrift of the top four places having played a game more than Bradford Bulls in fourth.

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