MORRISON: LOCAL DERBIES ARE WHAT YOU PLAY FOR

Glenn Morrison says the Rams are raring to go ahead of the upcoming Heavy Woollen derby, despite the sides frustrating 24-8 defeat to top four chasing Halifax.

Batley enter the fixture in good form having won five of their last six matches and look well placed in their hunt for a top six place. Although Morrison’s men will be buoyed by the Bulldogs defeat against Bradford last weekend, a fixture the Rams won in dramatic fashion just three weeks previously.

Sitting just one place below last week’s visitors Halifax, Batley will provide the Rams an equally stern challenge, but will still be without injured five-some Shaun Ainscough, Luke Blake, Danny Cowling, Sam Scott and Sean Hesketh.

Rams fans will be familiar with former fan favourites Dom Brambani and Pat Walker who provided the Rams with seven years of service between them. Both of whom have played a key role within the Bulldogs side this season, Brambini contributing seven tries and 19 goals and Walker notching 1 try and scoring 69 goals.

Ahead of the tie Morrison said: “We have got to look at the positives from the Halifax game, I’m very disappointed we didn’t get the win, but the lads know that if we hold onto the ball a bit more then we are more than capable of competing against top four teams.

“Batley are in that position at the moment, fighting for the top four, and we can dent their chances if we go there and play like I know we can.

“Local Derbies are what you play for, it doesn’t matter whether they are sitting first in the table and you are sitting last, when you get there, the form guide goes out of the window.

“It is a whole new ball game full of emotion and I’m sure the boys will see that. I’m hoping the fans turn out in big numbers and that we give them something to cheer about.

In regards to injuries, Morrison confirmed that new signing Mitch Stringer will be available to play while Ryan Hepworth is facing a late fitness test.

Aaron Brown or Rob Spicer are both being monitored themselves due to chronic knee problems while Joel Farrell remains suspended.

Morrison also adding: “There will be a few playing with only one leg or one arm as we attempt to make up the numbers, I’m hoping to get a couple back and put a strong side out.”

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