The All Golds will be looking to bounce back to form when they face Whitehaven on Sunday.
Following successive wins against North Wales Crusaders and Coventry hopes were high that Lee Greenwood’s men could make it three in a row last Sunday but they lost 56-10 to a rampant Newcastle side and the All Golds’ head coach says he’s anticipating another tough test against Whitehaven. He said: “We were all disappointed with the performance against Newcastle. We got off to a poor start and never got going after that. Credit to Newcastle, they were very efficient and deserved to win as they did.
“We’ve got another tough game on Sunday against a Whitehaven team that are going really well. They started off slowly but since the league started they’ve shown they are one of the best teams in the division. Their only loss came against Toronto and they look to be improving week on week. They’ve got a big pack and carry dangers all over the field. A number of their players have played in Super League and the Championship, so we know we’re in for a big test.
“We’re under no illusion how hard it’s going to be. We’ve won in Cumbria once already this season though and we know we can be a threat if we’re at 100%.”
Phil Cowburn and Joe McClean, who missed the Newcastle game through injury and suspension respectively, were named in the 19 man squad and look likely to start. James Walter misses out after failing to recover from a knock to the head. Half-back Danny Fallon is also missing after suffering from concussion in the defeat to Newcastle which means Courtney Davies could be set to make his first start after returning to the club.
Whitehaven are in third place in League 1, level on points with second placed Barrow and just two points behind Toronto Wolfpack. The Cumbrians have won their last eight games in League 1 and look certain to challenge for promotion back to the Championship. Their standout player is their player-coach Carl Forster who has scored nine tries in nine League 1 games this season. Another player the All Golds will have to keep a close eye on is Jessie Joe Parker. The Papua New Guinea star has made over 100 appearances for Whitehaven since his arrival in 2012 and is a real threat with ball in hand.
Kick-off 3pm, Sunday 11 June
Recreation Ground, CA28 9DD