Preview: Whitehaven v Doncaster

Whitehaven coach David Seeds has doubts over Scott McAvoy (groin) and Luke Isakka (hamstring) ahead of Sunday’s Co-operative Championship One showdown with Doncaster.

Seeds explained: “They won’t train until Thursday night and it’s only at that stage that we’ll be able to take a good look at them.

“The good thing is that if they don’t make it, our U23s side is going well and there are lads underneath that are raring to go.”

Whitehaven fell to a 49-18 defeat at Rochdale last week, leaving Seeds to admit: “There’s got to be a response this week.

“We know as a team we underachieved in probably all departments. We’re disappointed with the size of the result and the amount of points they posted on us.”

He added: “Doncaster have got some players coming back into their team. They’ll be looking at that result and thinking they’ve got a good chance of coming up here and taking the points.

“However, we want to win all our home games and pick up quite a lot of away games. That was our first loss in five games and it could be the kick up the backside we need. It’s unfortunate that we lost but it’s what you do in response that matters most.”

Kyle Kesik is available for Doncaster after completing a recent one-match suspension.

Dons coach Tony Miller also has Craig Robinson, Paul Hughes, Liam Crawley and Carl Hughes available.

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