Rams aim to build on superb Bulls display

Dewsburys Matt Groat attempts to break free from Bulls defenders Dale Ferguson and Danny Addy last Sunday.

Dewsburys Matt Groat attempts to break free from Bulls defenders Dale Ferguson and Danny Addy last Sunday.

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Dewsbury Rams will look to build on last week’s superb display against Bradford Bulls when they host Oldham in the Kingstone Press Championship on Sunday.

The Rams won for only the second time in seven outings when Paul Sykes landed a last-gasp penalty to earn Dewsbury a terrific 16-14 victory at Odsal last Sunday.

Oldham head into the game having lost their last five matches, including last week’s 42-18 defeat at Batley, but Dewsbury will be wary of their threat.

Oldham won 38-16 at Bower Fold earlier in the season and Dewsbury know the importance of kicking on following their superb showing at Bradford.

Coach Glenn Morrison said: “Realistically the goal again was to try and get in the top-six and push for the Championship trophy. We’re still on track now.

“We probably over-achieved in the last couple of years and then there’s the expectations, people saying we should be top-four.

“The motivation for the boys was what it’s always been; working hard to get things right. We’re doing everything we can but had just not been able to get over that line.

“We were close the previous week (against Batley) and still could have won it in the last minute even though we played poorly. But Sunday they listened and ground out a really, really tough win.”

Last week’s victory saw Dewsbury move seventh in the table, four points above second-bottom Oldham.

Morrison knows a second straight win would put further daylight between themselves and the drop zone, while keeping pressure on the side’s directly above them.

It is an important month for the Rams with West Yorkshire derbies against Halifax and Batley to follow before the end of June.