Preview: Workington v York

Dean Bragg (neck) is out for Town but Workington coach Gary Charlton is hopeful that Kris Coward will be available for selection after missing last week’s game with a sternum injury.

Workington lost 74-0 at Featherstone Rovers in their third round Carnegie Challenge Cup tie.

Charlton said: “The boys are disappointed with the performance they put in. They know it wasn’t up to scratch but we’re expecting a big turnaround this week.

“It will be a great test for us because York will be up there at the end of the season. Having said that, it’s a home game and we’ve targeted all our home games as fixtures we want to win.

“If we get beat by a better side, then so be it – as long as our lads go out there and give their best shot then we can’t ask for anything more. We’ve had a good video session on last week’s game and pinpointed a lot of the areas that we fell down in.”

Knights player-coach Chris Thorman could come back into contention after being rested for Wednesday’s Northern Rail Cup game against London Skolars.

Danny Hill (wrist) is also expected to return to action while Steve Lewis is now “fully fit” according to Thorman after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Thorman said: “From my experience when you go to Cumbria you always expect a tough, physical game.

“Cumbrian teams always seem to play better at home, which is understandable.”

He added: “I want us to be focussed on the things we’ve been doing right and the things we can improve on. We’ve worked really hard on that and it’s concentration more than anything.

“If we can stick an 80-minute performance against someone then it’s going to be very impressive.”

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