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A view from the South Stand - By Ossy

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The last thread went a little off track. But here is a View from the South Stand by Ossy - Does he connect with how you feel as a supporter?


 


SWINTON LIONS 37  DEWSBURY RAMS 31.


I know it’s still early doors, but it’s clearly going to be quite a season, and I can’t help wondering how much we might come to regret the points we lost at the Leigh Sports Village today. As a game it was fine; for the neutrals that is; only there weren’t too many of them in what proved to be a disappointing crowd yesterday.


Right from the kick off the Lions were throwing the ball around, though it was Dewsbury who opened the scoring with a try from Shane Grady out on the right. It was a good start, but unfortunately Dale Morton’s knock on at the restart gave the Lions the chance to hit back straight away which they did with Danny Halliwell going over for their first try. Gareth O’Brien added the conversion to edge them into a short lived lead.


This was proving to be an end to end game. Pressure from the Rams forced Swinton to kick out from under their posts and Wayne Godwin went over on the left. Tom Hemingway’s conversion edged them into the lead at 6 – 10 and five minutes later Shane Grady extended that lead, going over for his second try wide on the right. Hemingway’s excellent conversion extended the lead still further and I began to relax. Of course I should have known better because the Lions hit back right away with their own try, James Brown going over to the left of the posts and 0’Brien’s conversion narrowing the gap to 12 – 16.


There then followed a questionable decision from the referee when Rams second row Scott Hale appeared to race over and score by the posts only for Mr. Sweet to rule that Lion Richie Hawkyard had got his hand under the ball at the last. It was probably a game changing decision. The result was a twenty metre drop out and right away Swinton were back on the attack, Kevin Penney crossing for the try and O’Brien adding the conversion to edge them back into the lead at 18 – 16 as the half time whistle sounded.


It was still an end to end game, and Rams were back in front early in the second half with a try from Tom Hemingway who also added the conversion. Once again the lead was short lived though, O’Brien chasing down Brown’s kick to score the try before adding the conversion.


We were behind again and the play from both sides was getting a little desperate, though Tommy Gallagher’s try converted by Hemingway edged the Rams back in front at 24 – 28 with some twenty minutes left on the clock. Some of the tackling was a bit questionable around this period, both Tommy Gallagher and Stephen Nash being forced to leave the field, while Wayne Grady also had to receive treatment.


Swinton were lasting the pace better though, and hooker Andy Ackers went over under the posts and O’Brien edged them back into a two point lead with the conversion that followed. Even now the Rams hit back, a 68th minute penalty from Hemingway levelling the scores at 31 apiece.


And so it went on, Kieran Hyde’s drop goal edged the Rams in front with some eight minutes left, only for O’Brien to level matters again a short while later. By this time the crowd had pretty much chewed their fingernails to the bone and the game could still have gone either way. Unfortunately, (for the Rams that is), it went to the Lions with ex Ram Luke Menzies, (a prop I might add), bursting through and outpacing the Dewsbury defence to score the decisive try. With O’Brien adding the conversion the game was almost over, though the restart was collected by Lions hooker Ackers who raced down the touchline before being hauled down by Greg Scott as the final hooter sounded.


Final score :-  Swinton Lions 37  Dewsbury Rams 31.


To be honest I was disappointed. We seemed to lack spirit at times and played with a naivete which doesn’t bode well for the tough games we have to come over the next few weeks. The injury situation doesn’t look good either with Aaron Brown getting around on crutches and several others not faring too well.


Ah well, it’s The Bulldogs next, all we can do is hope that it really is a ‘Good’ Friday for Dewsbury Rams


 


Teams :-  Swinton :- Richie Hawkyard; Kevin Penney; Jacque Peet; Danny Helliwell; Ben Warrilow; Gareth O’Brien; Ian Watson; Mike Morrison; Andy Ackers; Luke Menzies; Kash Watkins; Darren Hawkyard; James Brown.  Subs :-  Lewis Hulme; Zach Johnson; Glenn Riley; Josh Barlow.


Dewsbury :- Kieran Hyde; Dale Morton; Karl Pryce; Shane Grady; Greg Scott; Tom Hemingway; Anthony Thackeray; Makali Aizue; Wayne Godwin; Ewan Dowes; Ryan Hepworth; Scott Hale; Rob Spicer.  Subs :- Tommy Gallagher; Ryan Wright; Stephen Nash; Matthew Haggerty.


Attendance  :-  412


Referee  :- Andy Sweet. 


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Slightly one eyed . I don't think any injuries were due to foul play but keep up the good workt.

It was Penny who chased down Hale...and the pull back on Kain was a Suarez style dive...watch the highlights!

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Yeah, I think he probably did milk it a bit, but Hawkyard did grab his shoulder. Which is enough. Not that I'm biased.......!

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Ive always got andy kain and thackeray mixed up-one of those mental blocks...he did lightly brush him...I'll have it

Hale looks a different player for you. He was hopeless

for us

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Yeah, Hale's been great this season, particularly in defence. Disappointingly, he didn't appreciate the speed of Kevin Penny when he had a clear run to the try-line!! One of the best tackles I've ever seen! Up there with Wayne English's effort against Sheffield in the NL2 play-off final in 2006. Do you remember that?

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To be fair had we taken the 2 to go six up.T. g wouldnt have been injured and they wouldnt have come back and scored.

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Yeah, Hale's been great this season, particularly in defence. Disappointingly, he didn't appreciate the speed of Kevin Penny when he had a clear run to the try-line!! One of the best tackles I've ever seen! Up there with Wayne English's effort against Sheffield in the NL2 play-off final in 2006. Do you remember that?

oh yes a rubbish day out otherwise

we've been blessed with great fullbacks even when we've been rubbish....which is most of the years I've been going

Do you lot still say "laking"for playing?

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Do you lot still say "laking"for playing?

laiking.

it comes from the old Norse (as do most of the yorkshire slang words) meaning 'playing' or 'not working'.

a left over from when the Vikings and Danes invaded and settled in the Yorkshire area.

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In my days as a youth of hanging Heaton, it had become: "lecking".

Ya lecking?

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I thought you still were a youth , well compared to some of us old gimmers you are .

Turning 58 on friday and i was long odds on not to get past 50.

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I'm a big fan of your ground, a nice medium sized stadium just right for the game in general.

However, I'm just a bit curious. According to Wikipedia the capacity is approximately 3,500.

But within the last few months new terracing has been put in place behind the goals at the scoreboard end which surely adds quite a bit to the limit.

Watching the match highlights for the Wigan cup match (attendance 3.054) you could clearly see there was easily room for many more. Maybe it's about 5,000 now. What do you think?

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The capacity has stopped as it was before. I think it's because there is no roof on the new stand and no way of stopping people in bad weather moving to the south stand. I also believe partly because it doesn't have turnstiles , toilets etc.

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Dewsbury Rams  43  Batley Bulldogs 10:


Written By Ossy


If I’m being honest I wasn’t really expecting yesterday’s performance – from either team. For several years now the Bulldogs have had the upper hand in our local derbies and, after The Rams lacklustre performance against Swinton last week, I was fearing the worst. Thankfully I was wrong… and how!


Batley might have kicked off, but it was The Rams who struck first, the final play of the first set being a high, cross field kick from Tom Hemingway which was gathered in and touched down by centre Shane Grady wide on the left. These early moments were end to end, but The Bulldogs took full advantage of back to back penalties awarded by Mr. Thomason, second row John Davies going over for their first try some eight minutes later. Both conversions were missed, though Hemingway soon made amends for his miss, slotting over a penalty a couple of minutes later to edge them back in front at 6 - 4.


It was a pretty even game at this point, and though Batley were making more mistakes than I’d expected, I wasn’t expecting it to last and it didn’t, though it was a further ten minutes before the scorers were troubled again. For a few seconds it looked as though Dewsbury were going to extend their lead, but the final pass went astray and The Bulldogs winger Alex Brown outpaced the defence to race the length of the South Stand to score. With Lee Patterson adding the conversion we were 10 – 6 in arrears, though the situation didn’t last for long… five minutes at the most.


That’s how long it took Dewsbury to hit back, Greg Scott going over for their second try and Hemingway adding the conversion to edge them into a lead they were never to lose. A few minutes later it was Shane Grady who made the next telling break, handing on for Wayne Godwin to touch down by the posts. Hemingway duly slotted over the conversion as he did when Tommy Gallagher added to The Rams total with a further try some three minutes later.


Even now Dewsbury weren’t done, Kieran Hyde dropping a goal as the half came to an end.


Half time  :-  Rams 25  Bulldogs 10.


    


A lead of fifteen points at the halfway mark should probably have left me feeling more positive than it did but, over the years I’ve been following this game of ours, I’ve learned to take nothing for granted. Batley might have taken a bit of a thumping in the latter stages of the first half and, as a result, they were always going to come out fighting for the points in the second.


Unlike last week however Dewsbury’s defence remained solid. An early penalty from Hemingway edged them further in front before Scotty’s second try around the fifty minute mark suggested that there was to be no ‘second half nerves’ this week. Batley might still have been making too many mistakes, but The Rams were moving the ball around nicely, stretching The Bulldogs defence to the limit… and beyond.


 Karl Pryce added to their try tally around the seventy minute mark, and with five minutes left on the clock, prop Ryan Hepworth sealed an impressive performance, going over for their seventh try. Tom Hemingway converted both, stretching the lead to 43 – 10 and, though The Rams came back yet again they couldn’t add to their tally.


The South Stand was at full voice by this time, and both Glenn Morrison and his squad responded by coming over to express their appreciation. Cougars away on May 4, so come along if you can and support your team; they certainly deserve it after yesterday’s performance.   


 


Rams :- Kieran Hyde; Dale Morton; Karl Pryce; Shane Grady; Greg Scott; Tom Hemingway; Anthony Thackeray; Ryan Hepworth; Wayne Godwin; Ewan Dowes; Rob Spicer; Scott Hale, Josh Tonks.  Subs :-  Stephen Nash; Tommy Gallagher; Matthew Haggerty; Jordan Grayston.


Bulldogs :-  Miles Greenwood; Vinny Finnigan; Lee Patterson; Josh Griffin; Alex Brown; Simon Brown; Scott Leatherbarrow; Byron Smith; Luke Blake; Adam Gledhill; John Davies; Sam Scott; Kyle Trout.  Subs  :-  Chris Rowe; Alister Leek; Brad Brennan; Joe Chandler.


Attendance :-  1,999 


Referee :-  M. Thomason


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I'm a big fan of your ground, a nice medium sized stadium just right for the game in general.

However, I'm just a bit curious. According to Wikipedia the capacity is approximately 3,500.

But within the last few months new terracing has been put in place behind the goals at the scoreboard end which surely adds quite a bit to the limit.

Watching the match highlights for the Wigan cup match (attendance 3.054) you could clearly see there was easily room for many more. Maybe it's about 5,000 now. What do you think?

5,100 is capacity now mate

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Dewsbury Rams  43  Batley Bulldogs 10:

Written By Ossy

If I’m being honest I wasn’t really expecting yesterday’s performance – from either team. For several years now the Bulldogs have had the upper hand in our local derbies and, after The Rams lacklustre performance against Swinton last week, I was fearing the worst. Thankfully I was wrong… and how!

Batley might have kicked off, but it was The Rams who struck first, the final play of the first set being a high, cross field kick from Tom Hemingway which was gathered in and touched down by centre Shane Grady wide on the left. These early moments were end to end, but The Bulldogs took full advantage of back to back penalties awarded by Mr. Thomason, second row John Davies going over for their first try some eight minutes later. Both conversions were missed, though Hemingway soon made amends for his miss, slotting over a penalty a couple of minutes later to edge them back in front at 6 - 4.

It was a pretty even game at this point, and though Batley were making more mistakes than I’d expected, I wasn’t expecting it to last and it didn’t, though it was a further ten minutes before the scorers were troubled again. For a few seconds it looked as though Dewsbury were going to extend their lead, but the final pass went astray and The Bulldogs winger Alex Brown outpaced the defence to race the length of the South Stand to score. With Lee Patterson adding the conversion we were 10 – 6 in arrears, though the situation didn’t last for long… five minutes at the most.

That’s how long it took Dewsbury to hit back, Greg Scott going over for their second try and Hemingway adding the conversion to edge them into a lead they were never to lose. A few minutes later it was Shane Grady who made the next telling break, handing on for Wayne Godwin to touch down by the posts. Hemingway duly slotted over the conversion as he did when Tommy Gallagher added to The Rams total with a further try some three minutes later.

Even now Dewsbury weren’t done, Kieran Hyde dropping a goal as the half came to an end.

Half time  :-  Rams 25  Bulldogs 10.

    

A lead of fifteen points at the halfway mark should probably have left me feeling more positive than it did but, over the years I’ve been following this game of ours, I’ve learned to take nothing for granted. Batley might have taken a bit of a thumping in the latter stages of the first half and, as a result, they were always going to come out fighting for the points in the second.

Unlike last week however Dewsbury’s defence remained solid. An early penalty from Hemingway edged them further in front before Scotty’s second try around the fifty minute mark suggested that there was to be no ‘second half nerves’ this week. Batley might still have been making too many mistakes, but The Rams were moving the ball around nicely, stretching The Bulldogs defence to the limit… and beyond.

 Karl Pryce added to their try tally around the seventy minute mark, and with five minutes left on the clock, prop Ryan Hepworth sealed an impressive performance, going over for their seventh try. Tom Hemingway converted both, stretching the lead to 43 – 10 and, though The Rams came back yet again they couldn’t add to their tally.

The South Stand was at full voice by this time, and both Glenn Morrison and his squad responded by coming over to express their appreciation. Cougars away on May 4, so come along if you can and support your team; they certainly deserve it after yesterday’s performance.   

 

Rams :- Kieran Hyde; Dale Morton; Karl Pryce; Shane Grady; Greg Scott; Tom Hemingway; Anthony Thackeray; Ryan Hepworth; Wayne Godwin; Ewan Dowes; Rob Spicer; Scott Hale, Josh Tonks.  Subs :-  Stephen Nash; Tommy Gallagher; Matthew Haggerty; Jordan Grayston.

Bulldogs :-  Miles Greenwood; Vinny Finnigan; Lee Patterson; Josh Griffin; Alex Brown; Simon Brown; Scott Leatherbarrow; Byron Smith; Luke Blake; Adam Gledhill; John Davies; Sam Scott; Kyle Trout.  Subs  :-  Chris Rowe; Alister Leek; Brad Brennan; Joe Chandler.

Attendance :-  1,199 

Referee :-  M. Thomason

 

 

 

Errm, there were more than that there Ossy!

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5,100 is capacity now mate

 

 

Are you sure DTID?

 

I think that it's still around 3600.

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  :rtfm:  Thank you... I apologise profusely... :thankyou:

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5,100 is capacity now mate

 

Thanks pal, that sounds more like it.

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Friday was definitely a Good Friday to remember for us Rams.Hope Hyde is ok after coming off, thought Grayston wasn't as good when he replaced him, dropping two high kicks.All the players deserve a week off to recover.One last thing hope Aaron Brown has a speedy recovery and he's the first name to sign on for 2015.

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This is Ossys view of yesterday's game. Do you agree?

Keighley Cougars 40 – Dewsbury Rams 20.

Let’s be honest about it, this was never going to be an easy game, but I certainly wasn’t expecting The Rams to fold the way they did this afternoon. We weren’t simply outplayed, we were also outthought and outfought from the moment the game kicked off, and suddenly I find myself wondering exactly where this vital season is going to take us. Credit has to be given to The Cougars though. Not only did their tactics highlight our defensive weakness out wide, but they also stuck to them when we briefly threatened a second half comeback.

The opening moments were fairly equal, but the game was only some eight minutes old when winger Richie Barnett opened the scoring, racing over in the corner and with Danny Jones adding the touch line conversion, we were already 6 – 0 down. We were making far too many mistakes, and Keighley were quick to take advantage, doubling their score when ex Ram Luke Haigh went over by the posts a few minutes later and Jones added the conversion.

Cougars were playing with confidence now, but Dewsbury certainly didn’t help matters. They were making far too many mistakes and it was no great surprise when Paul March broke through a poor defence and, going right, he sent Barnett over for his second try. Around the half hour mark it was Ross Peltier’s turn to brush aside a poor Rams defence to add his name to the try scoring list. Jones’s conversion stretched Keighley’s lead to 22 points, and was followed a few minutes later by a penalty.

It was around this point that I added a couple of comments to my notepad – ‘This is abysmal’ and ‘Only one side in it,’ which pretty much summed up the game at that point. But as the half drew to an end The Rams finally turned up, winger Greg Scott crossing for their first try wide out, and Tom Hemingway adding the touchline conversion.

Half Time :- Cougars 24 Rams 6.

Dewsbury needed a more positive approach if they were going to get anything out of this game, and in those early moments they looked up for it, only for Barnett’s interception some ten minutes into the half to spoil the illusion. Gathering the ball well in his own half he then outpaced the defence to go over for his hat trick try.

Still, to their credit The Rams kept on coming, Tommy Gallagher driving over from short range, and Kieran Hyde repeating the score only a couple of minutes later. Cougars were clearly rattled, and a bonus point certainly looked to be on at this point. Unfortunately Hemingway missed both conversions, and Keighley were far from finished.

Yet again it was the defence that let us down with Cougars moving the ball wide and sending winger Paul White over for their sixth try and, though Jones missed the conversion, he landed a penalty only a few minutes later, stretching their lead to 34 – 14.

Time was running out and though prop Stephen Nash drove over for a late try, again direct from the play the ball, and Hemingway added the conversion, it was Keighley who had the last word Luke Haigh crossing for his second try and Jones adding the conversion as the hooter sounded.

Final Score :- Keighley Cougars 40 Dewsbury Rams 20.

Okay, so it was a good performance from The Cougars, but Dewsbury will need to play better than that to keep our place in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Teams :- Cougars :- James Craven; Richie Barnett; Danny Lawton; Daley Williams; Paul White; Danny Jones; Paul Handforth; Jode Sheriffe; Luke Haigh; Sean Hesketh; Josh Lynam; Subs :- Scott Law; Neil Cherryholme; Jack Lee; Ross Peltier.

Rams :- Kieran Hyde; Dale Morton; Karl Pryce; Shane Grady; Greg Scott; Tom Hemingway; Anthony Thackeray; Ewan Dowes; Wayne Godwin; Ryan Hepworth; Rob Spicer; Scott Hale, Josh Tonks. Subs :- Stephen Nash; Tommy Gallagher; Matt Haggerty; Jordan Grayston.

Referee :- Tom Crashley.

Attendance :- 817

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That sums up a dire performance pretty well Ossy, although I hadn't realised that we played against only 11 men, which makes it a whole lot worse.

 

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