Workington want Cumbrian spirit against Rams

Workington Town coach Phil Veivers wants his side to show some Cumbrian spirit again against Dewsbury Rams this Sunday.

Town lost 30-16 at Oldhamlast weekend, but Veivers felt that his team did well, considering what has been happening at the club in recent weeks.

“I was disappointed but not overly surprised given the turmoil that’s going on in the club at the moment. We’ve only trained for 30 minutes in two weeks because of it,” he said.

“Given it was such a crucial game I really should give credit to the players for the effort they put in.

“It was only 24-16 with eight minutes to go. We just gave them too much of a start in the first half but we had a dig and created enough opportunities to win the game.

“Dewsbury had a decent win against Swinton so coming up to our place they’ll be full of confidence.

“But we’ve got some Cumbrians up here who will put their hands up and give it a dig and we’ll see where that gets us.”

Hooker Callum Phillips is a doubt for Town, with a rib problem. Graeme Mattinson is out with a broken arm but prop Kris Coward, second row Alex Szostak and wing Sam Forrester are available.

Dewsbury Rams won 36-24 at home to Swinton Lions last time out, and coach Glenn Morrison is hoping for a similar level of performance from his team this Sunday.

“We knew we had to start well and we did,” he said.

“We played some good footy, then took the foot of the gas near the end, rested a few people and let them in for a few late tries, which was a little bit disappointing.

“We know we’ve got to back that up this week. We played them a couple of weeks ago and they beat us with a late try and kicked the goal after the hooter to take two vital points off us.

“We know we’ll have to be switched on for 80 minutes up there or the same thing will happen, so it’s another big one for us.”

Centre Shane Grady has a chance of selection in the squad this week.

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