Kelly says Rams need cooler heads

Neil Kelly wants Rams more experienced players to help steady his team on the pitch. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Neil Kelly wants Rams more experienced players to help steady his team on the pitch. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Dewsbury Rams coach Neil Kelly has called for his side to remain calm as they bid to pull away from the Kingstone Press Championship relegation zone.

Dewsbury saw a second league win slip from their grasp last week when they allowed Oldham to fight back from 24-6 down at half-time to snatch an unlikely 28-24 victory and move seven points clear of the bottom two.

Speaking after the game Kelly said: “There were lots of positives and one or two negatives. The biggest positive was getting into that good position and we were probably even more dominant than the scoreline suggested.

“But a combination of things, most of them within our control, led to us throwing the game away.

“That was mainly ball control and having calmer heads. When you are 24-6 up and they score really early in the second half, it is an indication they coming back at you and you are going to have a bit of an onslaught.

“You need cool heads at that time and we didn’t have cool heads on the field. I am looking at my experienced players to guide the young lads around.”

Dewsbury suffered injuries to key players Paul Sykes and full-back Josh Guzdek and they will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s game against high flying Halifax, who are in fine form as they pursue a top four finish.