North Wales Crusaders coach Anthony Murray insists his side is making progress as they prepare to face in-form Workington Town.
Crusaders took a bonus point from their 22-18 defeat against Dewsbury Rams last week.
Murray said: “I’m happy with the defence – we’re getting a lot better in that aspect – but we need to leave ourselves with less defending to do.”
Workington have been further boosted by securing a new deal with John Patrick, who returns to the club following a stint working in Iraq.
Patrick is unlikely to play on Sunday, but has confirmed he will travel with the squad.
Coach Phil Veivers said: “Eighth place in the league table means nothing. It isn’t the end of the season yet.
“It’s all about performance, and performances will take care of the table.”
On loan hooker Harry Files could come into contention for Crusaders.