Dewsbury Rams head coach Lee Greenwood has given his thoughts ahead of our trip to Batley on Sunday.
He said of the fixture: “They have beaten us three times so far so it will be nice to get one over on them.
“We are a point behind them in the league table and I think whoever wins then they’ll be safe. It’s a big game and the winner will be playing in the Championship for definite next season. They’ll also hold the bragging rights going into next season.
“People kept telling me what a good record we had against the Bulldogs at the Summer Bash and that went well. Now people are telling me the bad record we have at Batley and to be quite honest it doesn’t matter.
“I don’t know if they have changed and I wouldn’t say they have done the opposite to us. They had a solid pre-season and went with their strongest side on Boxing Day, then stayed with that all pre-season. They ended last season well and wanted to carry that on but recently they’ve switched people around and had loans coming in. We were the opposite we were a total miss-match in pre-season, trying to come up with formula’s and combinations and that made us disjointed seeing what worked and what didn’t. We have now got a settled side and started to perform better for it. Any sort of form does go out of the window in these games.
“I think the pressure for them is knowing where they wanted to be. I’ve not had any surprises this season, I knew this would be a tough season for us. I don’t feel the pressure but I want to go there and beat them no doubt about it.
“We got criticised for that performance at the Summer Bash but as a coach I thought there was a lot of decent stuff in there. We just didn’t get the rub of the green or do things quite right. The game at home was a learning process it was poor and it was a funny game, you have to learn from games like that.
“If we keep playing like we are we will pick up more points along the way.”