Championship preview: Workington v London

Phil Veivers, the Workington Town coach, said he was over the moon after the win over Whitehaven. “We defended very strongly and it was good to get the bragging rights in Cumbria,” he said. “They don’t seem to be able to get one over on us at the moment and I’d like that to carry on.

“London are going to be coming in wounded after a poor result last week against 12 men and I don’t think they played particularly well against Whitehaven the week before. I think Mr Henderson will be cracking the whip in training this week and hoping for a better performance.

London Broncos coach Andrew Henderson called the defeat to Dewsbury Rams, who were down to 12 men for almost an hour of the game, embarrassing: “It looked very much like the team we were at the start of the season, very disjointed and disorganised,” he said. “We lacked any real urgency defensively and for me it was tough to watch in what was such a big game for us.

“Credit to Dewsbury, when they were reduced to 12 they got in our faces and rattled us a little bit and we pretty much hit the self-destruct button.

“The tough thing for us is that the dream of finishing in the top four isn’t going to happen. The challenge for us now is to dust ourselves down and get over that disappointment. We’ve still got two league games to go and there’s points on offer. It’s important that we take as many points as we can going into the Championship Shield.

“There is some silverware on offer and it’s a great opportunity for the club to try and win that.”