Whitehaven are desperate to gain their first win of the season tonight at the Recreation Ground.

Although the Coral Challenge Cup is not their main priority this season, just breaking their seasonal duck certainly is.

Five successive defeats have pushed Haven to the foot of the Championship table, and climbing up it is their main target.

But Dewsbury Rams visit west Cumbria tonight in a delayed tie and making progress to the fifth round has become an important objective.

Club chairman Tom Todd said: “We will be up for this one. We just badly want to get a win to give the lads confidence going forward.

“Winning tonight and following-up at Newcastle on Sunday offers the possibility of a glamour draw in the sixth round with financial implications.

“In all the games nobody could knock the team for effort, and it has often been a case of simple errors costing us points.

“At Widnes on Sunday we were the better team in the first-half and there’s no doubt that the final score of 40-16 flattered Widnes.

“Karl Dixon really came of age as a professional and had an outstanding game, along with Tom Walker and Sam Dowsett.

“But really everyone played their part and it was just disappointing that they scored late on to take it to 40 points.”

Dion Aiye was a miss after he was unable to start because of a neck injury sustained in the previous game against Toulouse.

“We are hoping that Dion will be ready to resume against Dewsbury tonight," said Todd.

"He will make a difference because he is a key player for us."

Rams coach Lee Greenwood has already intimated that he will be making changes to accommodate players who have had little game time so far.

After Sunday’s win at Oldham he said: “We spoke about getting two out of three wins being a good start, and winning three out of four being a very good start, and that is what it has become.

“Out of the four performances we have put in this [the win against Oldham] has been the worst.

"However, we defended really well and for 95% of the time the lads did exactly what we asked of them and we can’t ask for more than that.

"Oldham isn’t an easy place to go to, they will pick some points up here [at home], I’m just glad it’s not against us.

“It took 70 minutes of hard graft to really open them up a few times and that’s what the good teams do, they just keep going and that’s what we want to turn into.”

The Haven team will be chosen from: Aiye, Bradley, Bulman, Carter, Coward, Dixon, Dowsett, Forrester, Holliday, Kelly, Moore, Mossop, Parker, Newton, B. Phillips, C. Phillips, Shackley, Thackray, Thompson, Walker, Wilkinson.