Dewsbury Rams looking for ‘massive boost’ from relegation battle at Oldham

Dewsbury Rams coach Neil Kelly with assistant Karl Pryce.
Dewsbury Rams coach Neil Kelly with assistant Karl Pryce.
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DEWSBURY RAMS travel to Oldham tonight (8pm) for a vital fixture in the battle against relegation from the Kingstone Press Championship.

Rams are second from bottom, two points behind Swinton Lions, who are away to Featherstone Rovers this evening, and three adrift of Oldham.

“It is a massive game,” Dewsbury coach Neil Kelly conceded.

“We were 18 points up at home against them and they came back to get the victory we threw away. We probably see it as chance to put that right.

“I don’t think either team will be dead or buried if they don’t win, but it will be a massive boost to whichever side does.”

Kelly rested some players for last Sunday’s 64-11 defeat at leaders Hull Kingston Rovers to keep his squad fresh for tonight, but admitted backing up is tough for part-time players.

“Because of injuries in the squad I couldn’t rest as many as I’d have wanted,” he said.

“It’s going to be tough for both teams – it is a big ask for part-time teams to play three games in a week.

“Tim Sheens [the Hull KR coach] said to me after Sunday’s game he has so much admiration for our players because they have to go to work in the morning.”

Luke Briscoe scored a try on his return to Leeds Rhinos. PIC: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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