Leon Pryce hopes his players do themselves justice when they welcome table-toppers York City Knights to Derwent Park on Sunday for a mouthwatering League One clash (3pm start).

Town lost 40-8 against the Knights at Bootham Crescent in June, and the humiliation of that day has not been forgotten by Pryce, despite his team having won their last five matches and sitting third in the table.

Having done the double over the Bulls this season, the Town head coach wants to see his players produce that same standard of performance to right a few wrongs against York this weekend.

“Our boys gave in that day and we didn’t do ourselves justice,” Pryce said.

“I’m expecting the same level of performance from York as they gave that day but I want to see something different from our lads, to prove they can do it against a top team like they did against Bradford last time out.”

As well as being a huge game in Town’s season, Sunday’s match will also be testimonial man Carl Forber’s 250th appearance for the club.

Forber has contributed 172 points for Workington this season, kicking 76 goals.

Pryce lavished praise on the experienced fan favourite and expects him to be a reliable leader on the pitch again for Town on Sunday.

He said: “To reach 250 games is a massive achievement and to do it for Workington is a credit to him.

“For me coaching can be, and often is, very difficult but Buffer [Forber] is by far the easiest player I’ve worked with.

“He’s professional, looks after himself and does exactly what I ask of him.

“He’s a credit to himself and his family and I think he underrates himself sometimes.

“He’s very modest but he’s a really good player who has been around the block and is so reliable.”

York coach James Ford is braced for a reaction from Town after the game earlier in the season and talked up the West Cumbrians before the two sides meet again.

He said: “They’re a very good side with a very good coach in Leon Pryce. They’ll be coming after us.

“Coaches and players are very proud people.

“That result won’t sit well with Leon or his team.

“They’ll be desperate to get one over on us.

“That’s sport and one of the reasons we love it.”