Concerned Rams boss ready to work closer with match officials

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CONCERNED COACH Glenn Morrison is keen to get to the bottom of why Dewsbury Rams were heavily penalised in their Kingstone Press Championship defeat at Oldham.

Rams went down to their first loss of the season, 38-16 after trailing 24-0 at half-time.

Morrison paid tribute to promoted Oldham for their performance, but felt early penalties against his team left them with too much to do.

Rams also had Dalton Grant sin-binned in the first half and were reduced to 11 men in the second when Nathan Conroy and Ben Reynolds were both yellow carded.

Morrison, who did not criticise referee Joe Cobb, said: “Oldham played well.

“I looked at their tapes and thought it would be the toughest game we’ve played so far, but we weren’t given a chance to get into the game at all. I can’t really comment on our performance, because we didn’t get chance to play.

“The penalty count was 8-2 against us after 30 minutes and the game had gone by then.”

Morrison, whose team had beaten Swinton Lions and Workington in their opening two games, added: “I will be looking at the video and speaking to the people I need to speak to to try and make sure we get on the right page with referees.

“We need to work out what we need to do to make sure we aren’t on that side of the penalty count again.

“We also had three players in the sin-bin, so we didn’t have a chance to play.”

Dewsbury Rams’ reserves team were due to play Halifax last night (Monday) and Morrison said he will consider drafting players in from that game for Sunday’s visit of Workington Town.

“We didn’t get any injuries; that’s a positive,” he said.

“But people who stand up in the reserves could get a chance.

“There might be a few changes for this week’s game.”

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