Whitehaven may have disappointed in parts of recent matches but the players still have the faith of their coaches.

Gary Charlton was at pains to stress that ahead of tomorrow’s big League One clash at Newcastle Thunder (3pm kick-off).

“They take the criticism from myself and Jonty [Gorley, Haven’s assistant] and then come back to deliver a performance,” Charlton said.

“It’s a strong group in that respect as they take it on the chin and respond in the right manner.

“I think, on Sunday, we maybe scored too soon and too easily and the players thought it wasn’t going to take much winning, and we were trailing by half-time. We had to tell them a few home truths at half-time in the game beforehand and there was certainly some criticisms against Coventry.

“But, again, they showed how capable they can be and came out to win the game [32-18]. We can’t afford a first half like that at Newcastle, though. It’s an artificial pitch and they will come at us from the start, wanting to play quick rugby. We know what is coming and should be prepared but it’s going to be a good test for us.”

Haven go into the game as league leaders and another win will be another step on the road to promotion.

Jessie Joe Parker is back in contention after missing the last two matches with a knee injury.

Jordan Burns and James Newton, coming up to their 100th and 150th matches for Haven respectively, will be in the squad.