Beating Lions will lift Dewsbury closer to Championship survival

Neil Kelly
Neil Kelly
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TOMORROW’S game at Swinton Lions (3pm) is an opportunity for Dewsbury Rams to move a step closer to Kingstone Press Championship survival.

Rams are two points ahead of Swinton, who occupy the second and final relegation place, with two fixtures remaining in the regular season, plus seven extra games in the Championship Shield.

Five wins from their last eight matches have breathed new life into Dewsbury’s season, but they came unstuck 36-20 at Batley Bulldogs last weekend and coach Neil Kelly said they have to be better tomorrow.

“I don’t think we were too far away, but one or two discipline problems let us down and we didn’t do the right thing with the ball,” Kelly said.

“That can happen to the best sides, but we can’t afford to repeat it in this game. We talked about it on Monday and worked on it at training on Wednesday and there’s no panic.

“I’m quite confident the players can do what I’ve asked them to do.

“They’ve proved they can do it and they just need to replicate that.”

Kelly reckons Swinton, who have sold talented half Chris Atkin to Hull KR, are a better team than their league position suggests. He warned: “They have been relatively competitive. They are there or thereabouts in games and we are going to have to be on our mettle for the full 80 minutes.”