Dewsbury Rams: Neil Kelly hails his ‘remarkable’ Rams

Neil Kelly.
Neil Kelly.
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IT WILL BE a “remarkable” achievement if Dewsbury Rams can hang on to eighth place in the Kingstone Press Championship, head coach Neil Kelly reckons.

The 42-20 win at second-bottom Swinton Lions two days ago was Rams’ sixth in their last nine games and – with relegation rivals Rochdale Hornets and Oldham both losing – gave their survival hopes a major boost.

Paul Sykes.

Paul Sykes.

Rams, who lost their opening eight league games, are fourth from bottom with one match – at home to Sheffield Eagles on Sunday – remaining in the regular season.

If they win that they will secure four home fixtures in the Championship Shield, at the end of which the bottom two teams will be relegated from the division.

“If we manage to do that – and it’s a big if – I think that will be a remarkable achievement by the players,” said Kelly who was appointed coach in April.

“It would put us in the best position we could be in for the eights.”

Paul Sykes (ankle) is Rams’ only new injury concern.

Meanwhile, French Test forward Mickael Goudemand, signed from Avignon, could make his debut against Sheffield.

Kelly said: “He wants to earn a Super League contract and we are going to be his shop window.”