Northern Rail Cup preview: Oldham pose a different threat for Dewsbury Rams

Dewsbury Rams in match action against Featherstone Rovers.
Dewsbury Rams in match action against Featherstone Rovers.
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After taking on two of the best teams outside Super League, Dewsbury Rams face a “totally different challenge” tomorrow.

Rams have lost to their Co-op Championship rivals Halifax and Featherstone Rovers, but will look to break their Northern Rail Cup duck at Championship One outfit Oldham, who have also lost both games so far.

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“It is more of a mental challenge,” admitted Rams coach Warren Jowitt. “It is always tough at Oldham – their facilities aren’t the best, but we can’t let that affect us.

“We have got to make sure we are mentally prepared.

“We are not a team that can take anyone lightly and if my players think they can just turn up and win, that’s not going to happen. I have been telling them all week, we have got to be prepared for a tough battle.”

A series of injuries have made Rams’ task harder, with Rob Spicer (broken ribs) definitely ruled out and John Davies a major doubt.

James Craven remains on the sidelines due to a severe dead leg, but Ayden Faal could return after recovering from a hamstring pull.

Luke Blake, Matthew Tebb, pictured above right, and Jamaine Akaidere all come into contention.

Despite the negative results, Jowitt reckons his team have got better in each of their two games so far and he added: “I am looking for big improvements this time.”

Dewsbury Rams (at Oldham): from Olpherts, Wainwright, Esders, Faal, Buchanan, Barber, Spavin, Jones, Cook, Crossley, Davies, Tonks, Barker, Nicholson, Harris, Fozzard, Flanagan, Blake, Tebb, Akaidere.

Referee: Jamie Bloem (Halifax).

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.

Neil Kelly.

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