Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison admitted there were plenty of positives to take from the Boxing Day derby clash against Batley.
Dewsbury suffered a 12-4 defeat as Batley retained the Roy Powell Trophy but Morrison was pleased with his side’s first run out of pre-season and relieved to see the squad come through injury free.
Morrison said: “I was pretty impressed, especially in the first half, when I thought we dominated them in every aspect but we were only four points up and then in the second half, they dominated us, which was disappointed.
“I think we only played the ball three times in Batley’s half in the whole of the second half and we had the wind behind us.
“I haven’t won a Boxing Day game yet but we have only lost two games against them in the league in the three years I have been here, so I’ll take that.
“We had nine players missing through injury but I thought Jack Teanby, one of our young front rowers, stood up and was one of our best players and Trouty (Kyle Trout) played 80 minutes in the forwards, despite the bog.
“Andy Kain and Dom Speakman also worked hard in the halves but there is still a lot to work on.
“We lost all our half-backs in the close season so had to bring some new boys in and I thought they fitted in really well.
“We got a run out and 80 minutes under our belts and there were a lot of positives to take from the game.”
Morrison hopes some of his injured players could be back in contention for their remaining pre-season matches.
Dewsbury host Sheffield Eagles on January 10 and make their first trip to Langtree Park to face St Helens on January 17.
A fourth trial game at home to London Broncos is on January 31 before Dewsbury begin the new Championship season away to Swinton on February 7.