Dewsbury Rams Tom Garratt has urged everyone at the club to stick together ahead of the last few games of the season and to help the club survive as it comes together with a united front.
The Rams have fallen into a relegation battle this season, as ourselves, Rochdale, Barrow, Swinton, Batley and Widnes all fight for survival in the Betfred Championship.
On Sunday Dewsbury take on Barrow in what many see as a relegation decider, Garratt is confident the Rams can stay in the division.
He said: “Of course there’s going to be some kind of pressure to perform, that’s life. but it’s how you deal with it that matters. All we can do is put 100% in to every training session and game and then at the end of the day I know that’ll be enough and we can look eachother and the fans in the eyes and said we have it our all.
“I’m sure Barrow will be a tough game just like any game of rugby, it’s obviously a big game and they’re in good form at the minute, but we’ll be ready for it.
“I wouldn’t say it makes the game any harder because it’s against a relegation rival it’s just a game you need to perform for. We’re treating it like a cup final and we are going to do everything we can to win but at the end of the day there’s another 8 league games afterwards so no pressure.
“For me I am 100% confident that we’ll stay up, I’ve seen enough in the boys in the games we’ve played to know that we’ll do it, Dewsbury is a championship club and that’s what the fans deserve.”
The Rams came close to winning away at the York City Knights last weekend, narrowly losing 24-21 in what was a fantastic display of effort and desire.
On that defeat, Garratt said: “It was very gutting to lose, you could see it on the lads faces that it meant a lot to us. At the time, losses like that feel worse than the games you lose by 50 or 60, but we’ll dust ourselves off and go again
“We’ve proved numerous times on our day we can compete with the top end of the table, and for whatever reason on Sunday we faded a bit at the end of both halves, whether that was down to the mid-week game and the injuries I don’t know. However there are plenty of positives to gain confidence from so we’ll put it behind us and move on from it.”
Finally Garratt spoke about the fans, insisting how good they have been in backing the team despite the run of defeats the club has been on.
He commented: “The fans have been nothing short of brilliant these past few weeks. Even when we were losing by 50 mid-week away at Widnes they were still singing their hearts out for us. We mentioned that before the game and it gave us a real spark. That support and togetherness is absolutely vital for the remaining 9 games of the season and we are going to do everything we can to repay that faith.”