Championship: Hay happy with Rovers’ improvement as Rams fall foul of high tides

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS boss Andy Hay is happy with his team’s improved performance, but Dewsbury Rams have been left to sort out a fixture headache.

Rovers made it two wins from two with a 13-6 victory at Doncaster in the Kingstone Press Championship, but Rams’ game at Workington Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Glenn Morrison.

Glenn Morrison.

“It was an improved performance,” Hay said of his side’s effort, six days after their opening win over Hunslet Hawks. “We’ve still got a lot to do with our game management, completions and kicking the ball, but defensively we were very good again.

“That was the pleasing aspect. They are a good side with a lot of good players, so to keep them down to one try – from a kick – was a top performance.”

Sam Irwin suffered a dead leg, which meant Hay was unable to give hooker Andy Ellis a rest. “He had a great game,” the coach said of Ellis. “He played the full 80 and really did well in the middle.”

Meanwhile, Rams and Workington will need to find a new date for their round two game. “It wasn’t the best,” Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison said of the postponment. “It was a long day – we set off at 9am and got back at 9pm and we couldn’t even enjoy the view out of the window because of all the snow and rain!”

Of the decision to call the game off, Morrison said: “We were there and we wanted to play. We’d brought two buses of supporters, which the club paid for, but because of the high tide the water wasn’t dispersing. It wasn’t safe to play on. One in-goal was under water and another part of the pitch was a foot deep.”

Morrison is hopeful the game will be re-arranged for a free weekend, possibly during the later stages of the Challenge Cup.