Fax victory can boost Rams’ top-four hopes

Glenn Morrison
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DEWSBURY Rams boss Glenn Morrison has challenged his side to keep their top-four Championship dream alive tomorrow.

They will go above fifth-placed visitors Halifax and draw level with Featherstone Rovers in fourth if they win.

“Our goal was always to make sure we never got dragged into the battle at the bottom,” said Morrison, having pushed joint-leaders Bradford Bulls close last weekend losing 22-18 at Odsal.

“But obviously we’ve put ourselves in a position where the top four is still attainable.

“If we perform like we did at Bradford then we have a chance.

“We’ve got the three teams around us – Halifax, Featherstone and London – in our next three games so if we can win those we’ve an opportunity of that top four which would be far and away beyond what we ever expected given the money we have spent on our squad.”

Ex-Hull FC centre Jason Crookes could be back in contention and Morrison is also hopeful that Luke Adamson will be fit to return to action while Lucas Walshaw comes in after joining on loan from Bradford.

Morrison added: “Halifax are a solid side.

“We played them earlier in the year and it was another one of those games that we threw away, just like last Sunday.

“They’ve had some good results to get up to fourth last weekend so they must be doing the right things.

“But, again, if we turn up like we did against Bradford we know we can give them a run for their money especially at home pitch.”

Danny Grimshaw is included in the Hunslet Hawks squad for the first time since returning to the club as they head to London Broncos tomorrow.

New loan signing Matty Gee from Salford Red Devils is also named along with hooker George Flanagan who has been on dual-registration at Hemel.

Barry Eaton has taken Leeds Rhinos trio Rob Mulhern, Robbie Ward and Jordan Lilley on dual registration for the trip south as well.

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear hopes to have Jonny Campbell and Cain Southernwood back for their trip to Whitehaven.

He is without Alex Rowe and Tom Lillicrop and said: “It’s always tough up there but we feel we’re in a good place at the moment and we’ll be stronger on Sunday.”