Championship preview: Dewsbury v Batley

Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs (3.00)

Dewsbury Rams will be playing their third game in seven days on Sunday. Coach Glenn Morrison said: “It hasn’t been ideal. We went up to Cumbria and then down to Leigh and then we’re back for a local derby on Sunday which isn’t the best. It’s the third time we’ve had to do it this year, so it’s a tough period.

“At the start of the year we said we wanted to finish in the top six and it’s in our hands. If we get a win on Sunday we’ll finish there. We just want to try and do our best and if we play like we know we can we’re likely to come away with a result.”

Following Batley Bulldogs’ victory over Hunslet Hawks last week coach John Kear said: “I honestly didn’t think we played as well as we did against Halifax but I wasn’t bothered how we played, we just needed the two points in that game.”

Kear doesn’t think the short turnaround will affect Dewsbury Rams this week. “Glenn Morrison is a smart enough guy to look after that and manage his group,” he said. “We all get a week off after this and I’m sure that’s been factored in as well. I don’t think that will play any part in it, it will be a matter of who plays best on the day.”

Winger Wayne Reittie is likely to be out with a hamstring tear but another wing, Chris Ulugla could return from a shoulder injury.