Featherstone aim to avenge Dewsbury defeat

Rovers coach Andy Hay: 'I thought we did well in patches but we've got to be better all round."
Rovers coach Andy Hay: 'I thought we did well in patches but we've got to be better all round."

New coach Andy Hay is looking for further improvement from Featherstone Rovers in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship match against Dewsbury Rams at Big Fellas Stadium.

Featherstone maintained their 100 per cent record under Hay with a 32-26 win at Batley but he believes they still have “a bit of work to do” ahead of this weekend’s clash when Rovers will aim to avenge a 11-10 defeat at Dewsbury on the opening day of the season.

“Hopefully, we can perform a bit better than we did at Batley,” said Hay.

“We put ourselves in a really good position but we let them back in it at the end and that was disappointing

“I thought we did well in patches but we’ve got to be better all round.

“We scored some good points but we didn’t really control the game well enough and that gave Batley the opportunity to score late tries. It’s a learning curve for the boys and we’ve got to take some lessons out of that.

“We’ve got a bit of work to do but it was good to get the win and obviously it was against a decent side.

“I think we are making good strides and last weekend was probably the toughest test we’ve had in the three games I’ve been here.”

In-form Dewsbury are in fifth place after winning their last three matches against North Wales Crusaders, Halifax and Barrow Raiders.

“Dewsbury are doing quite well. I’ve had a good look at their team and they’ve got some good players,” added Hay.

“Featherstone fans have been talking to me about how Rovers won all their friendlies and then lost at Dewsbury in the first round.

“Listening to what’s been said Rovers didn’t play the conditions very well that day but both teams have had a lot of games since then. I think it will be a different match this Sunday and hopefully the weather will be a bit better and the rain keeps away and we can see some open football.”