Dewsbury Rams will aim to pull off a giant-killing act tomorrow when Super League neighbours Wakefield Trinity visit Tetley’s Stadium in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round (kick off 8pm).
Dewsbury overcame local rivals Batley Bulldogs with a stunning golden point extra time victory in the last round and their reward is another home derby against Trinity.
Dewsbury may be languishing second-bottom in the Kingstone Press Championship but they will take heart after Swinton Lions produced a shock win away to Super League side Huddersfield Giants in the last round.
Dean Hadley, Danny Kirmond, Ben Jones-Bishop and Craig Huby will be all missing from Trinity’s side.
Hadley, who broke his cheekbone in last week’s win at Leigh Centurions, is one of four changes made by Wakefield boss Chris Chester.
Anthony England returns after missing last week when he failed a head test, while Jordan Crowther, Mikey Sio and Ashley Gibson have been called up for the cup clash.
Dewsbury have injury concerns of their own with full-back Josh Guzdek and utility back Paul Sykes doubtful.
Rams coach Neil Kelly said: “The physios are keeping me up to date with (Guzdek’s) progress and we are looking at him week to week.
“He is highly unlikely to play against Wakefield. Max Jowitt, won’t be able to play for us in his absence at full back, as he is a Wakefield player so we will have to see who we can play in that position.
“Paul’s injury isn’t as bad as we first thought, but it is another injury, and he is unlikely to play in the Wakefield game.”
Dewsbury slipped to a 36-18 defeat at home to Halifax last week, which keeps them second-bottom in the Championship, four points adrift Swinton Lions, who are just above the drop zone.
There were positives to take as the Rams only trailed 12-10 at half-time but Kelly is aware they must compete for the full 80 minutes against Super League opposition.
He added: “We had a great completion rate in the first half, but again in the second half it wasn’t what it should have been.
“I’m not saying that we have thrown this game away, but we didn’t show enough fight and enough character to actually go and get the win.
“We need a good team performance (against Wakefield) and this needs to be for the full game.”