Rams still in a precarious spot

Rams still in a precarious spot

Dewsbury head coach Neil Kelly believes his side are still in a precarious position despite jumping to eighth in the Kingstone Press Championship last weekend – but he does feel the Rams now have a psychological edge over the teams below them.

The former Super League coach is determined to see his side maintain their current form after they picked up a fifth win from their last seven outings. 

“We are at that time in the season where one bad result can have big implications so it is important that we keep doing what we have been doing in recent weeks,” said Kelly. 

“Psychologically, Sunday was a big win for us but if results go Rochdale and Swinton’s way this week we will be back in a similar position that we were in a few weeks ago.

“We are in a good league position but it is still a precarious league position and we are going to try and keep this form going as long as we can.”

The Rams make the short trip to rivals Batley Bulldogs this Sunday (3pm), where a defeat could see them drop back into the bottom two. 

Kelly is expecting a tough battle against the Bulldogs as the hosts look to end a run of three straight defeats against Dewsbury. 

“Batley had a disappointing result last weekend but there is no shame in losing to Featherstone,” added Kelly.

“In the rest of the games they have gone through a bit of a resurgence themselves and have put some big scores on decent sides. 

“They are hurting, I know they are hurting because I would be if I had lost three games against my local rivals and they certainly don’t want to lose another game against Dewsbury.”

The Rams recorded their thirdstraight win with a 40-10 victory over Rochdale last Sunday, a result that is a far cry from the opening day when the Hornets beat Dewsbury 46-0. 

Kelly feels that the recent run of good form is down to the players working more as a unit – while also hailing the work of on-loan half-back Gareth Moore. 

He said: “It is probably the best win we have had this season, once we settled into the game and got going the result was never really in doubt. 

“The players have bought into working together, there is a lot of unselfish play going on in the lines that people are running.

“Gareth Moore is the half-back that the team has been looking for all year and he has been a great addition to the side.

“The forwards are also working well together and all aspects of the team are working well for us at the moment.

“New players have come in and done well and existing players have adapted to what we are doing and we are reaping the benefits.”

Dewsbury welcomed back Josh Gudzek on Sunday afternoon after an injury-hit season for the full-back. 

Kelly is also expecting to welcome back former Batley centre Shaun Squires as he has recovered from a hamstring problem that has kept him out since the win over Bradford.

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