Workington Town head coach Chris Thorman won’t be underestimating the threat of Coventry Bears when his side return to League 1 action tomorrow.

Town travel to take on Coventry at Broadstreet RFC’s ground (3pm kick off) looking to build on their battling 31-28 win at Hunslet in Thorman’s first game in charge.

The Bears are not playing at their regular home, the Butts Park Arena, as the pitch is being relaid.

Thorman has watched footage of their recent game against London Skolars and said it had reinforced what he had been told by his friend, York City Knights boss James Ford, about the division – that no side in League 1 should be taken lightly.

He said: “I’m close friends with James Ford and his tip was not to underestimate the so-called smaller teams in this division and that’s definitely something that is not in my nature.

“You prepare for every single game as if it is your last.

“That’s relevant this weekend against Coventry.

“I’ve just watched their last game and they actually beat London Skolars.

“There aren’t any really weak teams any more and if you have an off day you will get burned.

“You’ve got to be thoroughly professional and, more than anything, make sure you concentrate on doing your job.”

Thorman said he is open to improving his squad but at the moment is just focused on taking the games as they come.

“I think the squad’s decent, although some improvements could be made,” he said.

“I’m not going to look any further ahead than this weekend. I think there was talk of promotion in the off season and when recruitment was going well but performances dipped a little bit and I’m here to rectify that.

“You do it by being methodical, working hard and training well.”

Thorman revealed that only Perry Singleton had been ruled out of the trip ahead of training last night and he hopes to call on more than the 14 players he had at his disposal for the 1895 Cup clash with Hunslet. Singleton has a torn thigh muscle and is expected to be out for up to four weeks.