Dewsbury Rams winger Rob Worrincy insists that all the players know the importance of this weekend’s game against Rochdale.

Speaking to the Betfred Championship podcast on the Our League service, Worrincy said: “We have known the importance of this fixture for a long time, and we know the importance of it for reasons that we didn’t want to be involved with, being in a relegation battle.

“We have got to respect Rochdale who have quality players there, it is a competition and any team can turn over any other team. We have taken something out of the point against Halifax although it wasn’t ideal and it wasn’t our best performance. We still came away with a point there, we just need to improve on a few little things there and follow the game plan a bit better.

“Hopefully then we will get more points and victories and hopefully on Sunday we can pick up a vital one against Rochdale.”

On that vital point picked up against Halifax Worrincy reflected: “It was a bit of a roller-coaster, it wasn’t my best vintage stuff, a few errors and a few issues I thought. In the second half we ended up sneaking a draw and it was nice to come back and get something late on. It is usually us who have conceded late on in games this season. It was a bit of a change for us getting a result in the last few moments of a game.

“We spoke about targeting to get something out of the next two games, which were Halifax and Rochdale. I don’t think a lot of people were expecting us to get anything out of the Halifax fixture with the form they have been in. It’s one of those where we have got a good set of lads with a good team spirit and we have taken games to the wire who have been the bookies favourite’s. We are confident that if we can perform to the best that we can then we could get something and we showed glimpses of it.

“There were parts of the game where both teams played well and both teams had bad patches. We managed to get the point and we can use it as a springboard going into other games and make sure we don’t get relegated.”

On the season as a whole, Worrincy says that the division has got a lot tighter and more competitive as the years have gone by.

He commented: “It’s one of those where you look at it at the start of the season and see everyone is improving and the teams that have come up are giving it a shot. You just have to look at York this year and see that is a key indicator of how tough the competition is this year.

“In years gone by you had the two teams coming up as sort of a banker to get a result but fair play to York they have competed in every game they have played in and come up with some really good results. They deserve to be in the top four and hopefully they will get a few more results in there.”

Reflecting back on the season at the Rams so far, Worrincy has kind words to say about head coach Lee Greenwood and insists he his thankful for backing the winger in the games he has played in so far.

He said: “It has been a bit of a difficult one for Lee with the transition of the coaches coming in halfway through the off season and with different players undecided about staying, and some have gone and some have stayed. He’s had to recruit players and put a squad together at very short notice. He has done a real good job with what he’s been able to do, he’s brought players in, some have worked, some haven’t. That is sport, but I feel if given a bit of time he can really put an impression on the club and maybe get some more players who can add to the quality of the squad we have got at the moment.

“I have enjoyed playing under him this season and he’s given me plenty of opportunities to pull the jersey on and represent Dewsbury and I can’t thank him enough for that.”