Spicer’s return gives Rams boost for derby

Dewsbury's Scott Hale on the charge during Sunday's Championship Shield clash with Hunslet Hawks.
Dewsbury's Scott Hale on the charge during Sunday's Championship Shield clash with Hunslet Hawks.

Rob Spicer is set to return from injury and hand Dewsbury Rams a huge boost for Sunday’s Championship Shield derby at Batley Bulldogs .

The 30-year-old missed the final five games of the regular season and last week’s opening Shield clash against Hunslet Hawks but is now ready to be unleased against the Bulldogs.

Dewsbury know victory over their neighbours will guarantee them a semi-final place, while severely denting Batley’s hopes of making the top-four.

Coach Glenn Morrison admits there will be no resting on their laurels as he wants the Rams to build momentum ahead of the semi-finals.

Morrison said: “Our goal at the start was to finish in the top two to guarantee ourselves a home semi-final and more prize money for the club.”

Dewsbury won at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Good Friday and defeated Batley in the Summer Bash at Blackpool only to lose 16-12 to their old foes on the final day of the regular season.

Morrison said: “It is always tough in derby games but last time we had a lot of injuries and no half-backs.

“We still managed to score three tries to their two but it wasn’t quite enough to get the win.”

Morrison added: “Spicer has been back in training for the last couple of weeks and could probably have played against Hunslet but we decided to give him the extra week and having him back will be a positive for us.

“Anyone who is fighting for that fourth spot know that while they will finish a long way behind the others on points they will be one game away from a Grand Final.

“Batley will want to get that fourth spot but they also know that they are just two losses away from the relegation places so they have a lot to fight for.”