DEWSBURY MOOR head coach James Delaney insists he couldn’t have asked for a better first half of the season.
Despite only earning promotion to Division Two of the NCL last year the Maroons are among the favourites to go up again in 2018.
Delaney feels that the togetherness of his squad is the key factor behind their success during the first part of the campaign.
“We have a tight knit group of lads who play together and socialise away from rugby together,” said Delaney.
“And when you have those kind of vibes around you it’s hard for you not to enjoy your rugby.
“The club as a whole has a great buzz around the place.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better first half of the season really, the squad as a whole has been outstanding.
“They have really bought into what we want to achieve this year.
“I did expect us to be up near the top of the table with the squad and work ethic – in training and on the pitch – that we have.”
Moor’s next game is the Jim Brown Heavy Woollen Cup semi-final against Batley Boys on Wednesday evening.
Delaney is expecting a number of absentees because of injuries and other commitments but he is confident his side can set up a final clash with Thornhill Trojans.
He said: “We are missing a couple of players due to holidays and injuries but the boys that will be filling in have plenty of first-team experience.
“Myself and the lads know what Batley Boys are about and that they will try and make it tough and physical.
“If we stick to our structure and avoid getting dragged into a dogfight, I am sure we will get the job done.”
The Maroons boss has admitted that lifting local honours was a goal for his side at the beginning of the season.
And he feels that his team has the quality to beat any side in the Heavy Woollen area.
“It has been a long time since we have won that trophy and I personally don’t see why we can’t win it,” added Delaney.
“It is about bragging rights and over the last couple of years this squad has developed and has had plenty of experience at a good level of rugby.
“I am confident on our day we can beat any team if we play our best.”