Dewsbury Rams head coach Lee Greenwood insists he is disappointed with his teams defeat to the Batley Bulldogs.

The Rams lost 20-8 on the night in the first Heavy Woollen derby game of the season.

On the defeat he said: “It wasn’t good, we sort of went OK for 35 minutes or so, there were some decent performances in there. Then at that point they started to lose discipline and were down to 11 men at one point.

“Maybe we could have converted the ball a bit better when they were down on numbers. However if we had gone in at half time at 8-0 then I felt comfortable in what we were doing regardless of the numbers.

“The try before half time hurts and we did similar at Bradford conceding right on the hooter. It just sort of sends you in a bit different, Batley were probably thinking we have done alright there going through a tough patch and going in at 8-6. Then in the second half, fair play to them they looked like a team full of blokes who had been together a bit, against a team of indaviduals with some young and quiet lads in there. They brought it and we didn’t, the tries are disappointing but how Batley moved it up a noth with their intensity and we didn’t and couldn’t go with it.

“We have got young lads in there, a few on loan and quite a lot of quiet lads in there. We probably are looking for leaders, obviously recruitment is hard. The loan guys we are getting are good kids who are learning the ropes with us, and that will be a good learning curve for them as it looked like men against boys.

“Fair play to Batley they deserved it, however it shows where both teams are. Ability wise not much in it, skill wise not much in it, but they as a team are just a little bit further on than what we are, and that is expected, due to where both coaches are in their respective times at their clubs.

“There is a bit of soul searching going on by the lads but I’m the face of it and I’m the leader and the one they look to. I know ability wise there is something there and we can go and do something. We just have to take this as a learning curve.”