Dewsbury Rams coach Warren Jowitt has rewarded his squad with a New Year break after their commanding 28-6 victory over rivals Batley.
“They have deserved to get a few days off,” beamed a delighted Jowitt after the Boxing Day clash.
“They worked all week before Christmas to prepare for this game so I have given them a few days off.”
The Rams had struggled in the build-up to the game as a cold virus swept through the club but Jowitt’s charges responded superbly and produced a fine effort to reclaim the Roy Powell Trophy.
“They will come back on January 2 refreshed and ready to go as it’s only a month to the start of the Northern Rail Cup,” he added.
Jowitt also reminded his players of what is to come as they countdown to the new season.
“It’s also only two weeks until we go to the army camp as part of the training and that’s never easy.”
The Rams’ coach was quick to add that after the first game for a squad with many new players there are plenty of things to work on, as they prepare for the challenges of the Northern Rail Cup and the Co-operative Championship.
“We lost ball early on and missed some tackles but we will work on all of that,” he said.
Jowitt was delighted with the performance of all his players on Boxing Day but he had a special word for his big signing Nick Fozzard.
“Nick was like a spring chicken out there,” said Jowitt. “There is plenty to come from him. He did well carrying the ball forward and has an influence on those around him.
“Ayden Faal was outstanding for all his work and a couple of tries, he really opened them up. He has been looking forward tothis game and has had a spring in his step in training.”
Rob Spicer also came in for praise from the coach for his all round effort while Jowitt said the defensive aspects of the Rams’ game pleased him most.
It proved to be a crucial part of the game as they denied their neighbours until a Kris Lythe try late on.
Jowitt added: “This sets us up for what is to come in the future. We are only a month away from the Northern Rail and this is a good starting point.”
Both sides were delighted with a bumper Boxing Day crowd of 2,885 which will see welcome income as the clubs shared the gate.