Dewsbury Rams: Boss Lee Greenwood gains valuable insight from '˜scrappy' festive derby

NEW Owl Lane boss Lee Greenwood felt Dewsbury Rams got what they needed from their pre-season opener at Batley Bulldogs.

Friday, 28th December 2018, 5:28 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 1:47 am
Dewsbury Rams coach Lee Greenwood. PIC: Bruce Fitzgerald

Rams were beaten 16-10 in Greenwood’s first game in charge of the Championship side and the match went as he expected.

Dewsbury have a new-look squad and Greenwood said: “It was a good workout.

“There was plenty of stuff to work on, for sure.

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Dewsbury's Lewis Heckford is to have the extent of his neck injury assessed in the coming days says boss Lee Greenwood. PIC: Bruce Fitzgerald

“It was a pretty scrappy affair, but as the game wore on we didn’t look any worse than Batley and that’s a sort of starting point.”

Greenwood added: “There were a lot of changes going on during the game and it was what I expected.

“I knew it would be scrappy and not a free-flowing attacking performance, but we got better as it went along.”

Dewsbury trailed 10-0 at half-time and Greenwood admitted: “We didn’t start off well. We didn’t look up to it, to be honest, but as it went on we grew into it.

Jode Sheriffe, recovering after a clash of heads in the Boxing Day game with Batley. PIC: Tony Johnson

“We looked stronger as it went on and probably looked the strongest team at the finish.

“It was out first hit-out and I was making changes because I wanted to have a look at certain people in certain positions. I was not downhearted, but there is a lot to work on.”

Lewis Heckford will be assessed after suffering a neck problem late in the game.

Rams also lost Jode Sheriffe following a clash of heads with teammate Dale Morton.