PREVIEW: Workington vs London Broncos

Workington Town are still searching for their first win of the season.  Looking back on their defeat to Halifax coach in atrocious conditions, Phil Veivers said: “It was pretty wet and muddy – back to the 1960s really.

“I thought there was plenty of effort from the players, which you can’t fault. We didn’t have a lot of ‘game smarts’ about ourselves within the game. I thought we let in a couple of soft tries – the same thing’s happened over a period of three weeks. It would have been nice for us to have one or two victories, but we live to fight another day

“We’ve endeavoured to work very hard to rectify the shortfalls this week. Any time we play the Broncos it’s a tough game. Against Leigh last week I thought they were pretty unfortunate not to get a victory. They’re travelling pretty well at the moment.”

Centres Perry Whiteley and Declan Hulme are doubtful this week but Veivers could have Jarrod Sammut, Jarrad Stack, Brett Carter Ryan Verlinden and Alex Szostak back in the squad.

Andrew Henderson, the London Broncos coach, was disappointed that his side came away from Leigh without at least a point.“I felt the players were very good at what they did,” he said. “We defended extremely well for long periods and played some really good football at times. Over the course of the game I felt we were the better of the two teams.

“But you’ve got to credit Leigh, they had an opportunity to step up the tempo and gain some momentum and they did. We probably had a 10/12 minute spell where we just couldn’t contain the Leigh pack and they punished us.

“The pitch at Workington probably won’t fully recover so it’s going to be another mud bath. I’ve spoken to the players and we’ll have to adapt our game plan and style of play. We’re going to have to tough it out, grind away and get a victory.”

Alex Foster had a mild concussion and needs to be assessed. Israel Eliab arrived on Tuesday and is available for selection.