Dewsbury come into this match after a last minute victory over Bradford Bulls at the Provident Stadium. The win lifted the Rams further away from the relegation zone but this Sunday will prove to be just as important as they take on Oldham Roughyeds, who are currently 11th in the table.
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In a match which lacked a touch of quality throughout, Dewsbury managed to beat Bradford 16-14 at the death. The Rams were 14-6 up at the break after tries from Shane Grady and Josh Guzdek as well as a penalty goal from Paul Sykes. Jay Pitts was the lone try-scorer for the Bulls in the first half. The first points of the second half came from Danny Addy’s boot as Bradford cut the deficit to six points. Adam O’Brien found his way over the whitewash later on in the half but the following conversion was unsuccessful so Dewsbury had a two point advantage during the final quarter. Another penalty goal from Addy, this time in the dying embers of the clash. looked to have snatched a share of the spoils but there was another twist in the tale as the Bulls were penalised in their own half during the next set of six. The hooter had gone and Sykes lined up the penalty to win the game for his side. With all eyes on the half-back, his experience shone through as the ball sailed through the sticks to the delight of the Dewsbury fans in the stand.
Oldham lost 42-18 to Batley at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium last Sunday. The Roughyeds were the side who broke the deadlock through Kenny Hughes but Batley took over proceedings after their slow start. James Brown scored on two occasions while Wayne Reittie and Luke Blake also notched converted scores before the break. Batley held a 24-6 lead at the half and things got better for the hosts after the restart when Dominic Brambani danced over the whitewash. Sam Wood responded with a converted try for Oldham but any chance of a comeback was extinguished as Greg Minikin and Brambani both touched down to get their side’s tally over the 40 point mark. The Roughyeds struck the last try of the afternoon courtesy of Gary Middlehurst, who provided a consolation for the visitors.
Oldham have used an array of players in the full-back position over the course of this season and the latest player to take up the role was Lewis Palfrey against Batley. Hooker Sam Gee has been selected as the last line of defence on occasions, as well as the dual-registered Jared Simpson. Dewsbury, in contrast, have been settled in the backs and their full-back, Josh Guzdek, was a revelation at the start of the year due to the amount of tries he scored. The former Hull KR junior will be wanting to finish the regular season by helping the West Yorkshire club divert from any relegation trouble.
Throughout the year, Dewsbury and Oldham have shown glimpses of class but they’ve not been able to perform at that level consistently. There is potential for this match to be highly entertaining, with both sides in need of a victory – Oldham by 8