Championship preview: Hunslet v Workington

Hunslet Hawks v Workington Town (3.00)

Barry Eaton, the Hunslet Hawks coach, saw some positives in his side’s defeat at Batley Bulldogs. “We did some very good stuff in the game against Batley and scored 28 points, which is probably enough to win a game,” he said. “But we’re not getting much luck at the moment, which seems to be what it’s like when you’re down there scrapping.

“We knew at the start of the season it would be a fight and a slog all the way through but it would be nice to get a bit of good fortune or the bounce of the ball. Having said that, we still need to be better at saving tries, we’re still probably conceding some tries that are affecting the results. We’d like to think we could do a little bit better, certainly offensively we’re doing enough to win games.

“Workington’s fortunes have certainly changed over the last month or so. Maybe it’s no surprise given that they’ve had Iain Thornley a huge centre from Wigan who is a top end Super League player. They also signed Jarrod Sammut, who has been a top earner in Super League.

“They’re on a bit of roll. They’re a big, physical side, so it’s going to be a challenge for us.”

Captain Andy Kain is doubtful with knee injury.

Workington Town are coming off the back of an impressive win over London Broncos. Coach Phil Veivers said: “It was a good win last week, we played pretty well. Since the weekend there’s been a happy feeling in the camp and we’ve trained well. But we also know the importance of this game.

“Winning is always a nice feeling, it becomes habit-forming. We want to put a performance in and let that take care of the result.”