Rams target derby hat-trick at bash

Rams coach Neil Kelly has called on his squad to raise their game when they face Batley Bulldogs in the Summer Bash in Blackpool on Sunday.
Rams coach Neil Kelly has called on his squad to raise their game when they face Batley Bulldogs in the Summer Bash in Blackpool on Sunday.

Dewsbury Rams go in search of a third derby win of the season when they face Batley Bulldogs at the Summer Bash on Sunday (kick off 5.15pm).

A whole round of Kingstone Press Championship matches will be played in Blackpool this weekend and the Heavy Woollen derby brings the curtain down on proceedings with the final game on Sunday.

Dewsbury remain second-bottom in the Championship with their only win coming against Batley on Good Friday in what was Neil Kelly’s first game in charge.

The Rams also knocked Batley out of the Challenge Cup with a thrilling golden point extra time win and they know victory in Blackpool will complete the treble and give them renewed hope of climbing out of the bottom two.

Kelly was disappointed with his side’s display last Saturday when they suffered a 52-10 defeat at Featherstone Rovers.

Kelly felt some of his side went with a defeatist attitude and has called for a vast improvement as they target a second league win in front of the Sky TV cameras this Sunday.

Kelly said: “If you go with the wrong attitude to Featherstone you will get your backsides smacked – and we got our backsides smacked.

“I think some of the players – not all of them – went with a defeatist attitude. After the game we sat down and had a brief talk – it wasn’t a summit meeting – and said they have to decide if they are prepared to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

“The players have got to look at themselves and decide what they can give to the club and is it good enough?

“They have got to realise (former coach) Glenn Morrison is no longer in charge and people who were here are no longer here.

“There are different things we are putting emphasis on. Glenn Morrison is no longer here because it wasn’t working for him and if they keep doing what he wanted nothing changes.”

The RFL have issued advice to fans travelling to Blackpool for this weekend’s Summer Bash in light of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday.

Thorough bag searches will be in place and fans are asked to allow enough time to gain entry to the stadium. Police will monitor proceedings in Blackpool and regularly update the RFL.

Supporters can get updates via www.rugby-league.com.