Workington expect Oldham backlash

Town are without Lee Dutton (suspended), Darren King (knee) and Jack Pedley (shoulder) as they search for a sixth win in this year’s Co-operative Championship One competition.

Workington triumphed 42-24 at Gateshead on Sunday, but joint coach Gary Charlton has asked his players to improve their concentration levels.

He said: “We can play some good rugby and then we can totally switch off. It’s a concentration thing. It can’t be anything else.”

Oldham were victims of a 60-4 defeat against Hunslet last week, leaving Charlton to prepare to face a backlash from Tony Benson’s men.

He said: “When you get so many points put on you at home, you can go two ways. You can sulk or you can roll up your sleeves and get on with it. I’m fully expecting Oldham to come out firing on Sunday.”

Neil Roden has a slim chance of returning for Oldham, but Valu Bentley and Marcus St Hilaire are still sidelined.

Roughyeds coach Tony Benson said: “Nobody turned up wanting to play poorly or to concede 60 points, but it has happened and now we have to respond positively when we go to Cumbria.”

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