Preview: Workington v Rochdale

Workington Town props Marc Jackson and Matt Tunstall are set to return and add extra muscle to Workington’s cause.

The pair both missed Monday’s trip to Keighley, but joint coach Gary Charlton revealed they should both play against Rochdale Hornets. Ruairi McGoff is also available after recovering from a broken finger.

Town’s squad didn’t train on Tuesday and will only do a light session on Thursday as Charlton aims to manage their energy levels after the Easter weekend.

Top of his list of priorities against Rochdale is restricting the Hornets’ attacking options.

He said: “They’re very good at offloading in the tackle, and we’ve got to be aware of that. They back up well and they’ve got plenty of enthusiasm.”

Mark Hobson is unavailable for Rochdale due to personal reasons, but Liam McGovern, Steven Roper and Martin Keavney are all able to play.

Hornets’ coach John Stankevitch said: “There are likely to be some changes because I approach every game differently, and playing South Wales at home is massively different to Workington away, which was our challenge on Monday.”

On Town’s approach, Stankevitch said: “It’s a pitch that’s smaller than we’re used to and they like to come right up the middle of the field. We have to be ready for that.”

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