Rams on derby revenge mission

Andy Gabriel breaks away from the Halifax defence as he looks to set up a Dewsbury Rams attack during last Friday's Challenge Cup clash. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Andy Gabriel breaks away from the Halifax defence as he looks to set up a Dewsbury Rams attack during last Friday's Challenge Cup clash. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Dewsbury Rams will be aiming to avenge their Good Friday defeat to Batley Bulldogs when the neighbours meet in the second Heavy Woollen derby of the season at the Summer Bash in Blackpool on Sunday (kick off 3.15pm).

Batley earned the bragging rights on Good Friday with a 20-8 success at Tetley’s Stadium, despite being reduced to 11 men at one stage of the game.

Rams coach Lee Greenwood believes his missed an opportunity to earn the derby bragging rights and will look for his side to turn the tables in front of the Sky TV cameras.

Greenwood said: “We owe Batley one, it was borderline embarrassing last game because they went down to 11 men before half-time, the penalty count was massively in our favour and it wasn’t good - then we got bullied in the second half.

“I am not really bothered about putting a show on, I just want to win. If that means we bore everyone to tears and they switch off I am not really bothered.

“I’d much rather be very, very boring and win rather than be entertaining and lose, certainly where we are at this season.”

Having faced a tough run of games, Greenwood believes his side are now entering a period where they are capable of picking up points.

He added: “We’re going into a patch now where it’s a bit more of a level playing field regarding budget and probably quality.

“We play Batley, then Swinton twice and Rochdale. Our next four games are teams in and around us, similar budget and similar quality.

“These are the games this season where we’ll probably see where we’re at.

“It has been good for us to pull off those results at Featherstone and Widnes, but these are the games when we need to turn up and win.

“It’s a good chance for us to get fired in and show Batley we’re not as soft as we showed on Good Friday.”