Rams Reserves bounce back with fine victory

Dewsbury Rams Reserve coach Paul Mennell.
Dewsbury Rams Reserve coach Paul Mennell.

Dewsbury Rams Reserves produced an excellent second half display to record a 42-22 victory over Keighley Cougars last Thursday.

Paul Mennell’s reserve side had made an indifferent start to their Reserve Grade championship defence with victory over Featherstone, followed by a heavy defeat at Keighley in their opening two matches.

They bounced back in style to avenge their reversal at Cougar Park, although they had to twice battle back from 10 points down in an even first half.

Second row Aaron Nicholson scored two early tries as Keighley led 10-0 before Billy Yarrow squeezed over from a play the ball to reply for the Rams.

Aiden Sculley pounced for Keighley’s third try after Dewsbury’s defence had failed to deal with a high kick.

Dewsbury responded well and Joe Barron gathered a lovely crossfield kick to score their second try.

James Thornton showed strength to power over for a try soon after and the Rams held a slender 18-16 lead at half-time.

Josh Hunt restored Keighley’s advantage with a try soon after the break but Dewsbury then clicked into gear, running in 24 unanswered points to secure victory.

Reece Trout kick-started the home side’s purple patch when he beat two Keighley defenders on an impressive run to the line as he edged the Rams back in front.

Dominic Kudangirana then raced unchallenged to score the Rams’ fifth try at the corner.

Brad Adams put the result beyond doubt as he strolled through a huge gap in the Cougars defence to score five minutes from full-time.

Kudangirana then rounded off the impressive second half effort when space was created to give him another simple run to the line.

Tom Hemingway had an impressive kicking game, landing six goals, with Mitchell adding one as the Rams’ reserves secured victory.

Mennell’s reserve side are due to travel to Huddersfield YMCA tonight (Thursday) when they face Halifax, while their next home game is scheduled to be against Featherstone Rovers on Thursday May 19.