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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Workington Town on travels for pre-season games

Workington Town will be on their travels for all their pre-season clashes – while the Derwent Park surface is brought up to World Cup standard.

The club will host Scotland’s matches against Tonga and Italy in next year’s tournament, and work on the pitch is part of an extensive facelift for the stadium.

“It has always been a half-decent field, but there were problems with water collecting on it last season, and something definitely needed done to it,” said coach Gary Charlton, who is unconcerned that his team’s friendly games will all be the road.

“The boys need game time before the start of the season, and as long as they get a good run-out, that’s all that matters.”

Town are due to visit Whitehaven for the Ike Southward Memorial game over Christmas, and other pre-season matches are in the pipeline, though unconfirmed as yet. The new-look surface will be ready for the start of next season in February.

The club are still looking to sign three or four new players for their Championship campaign, with at least two hopefully recruited before Christmas.

Winger Elliott Miller undergoes shoulder surgery next week, though he will be ready for the start of next term.

“I think it’s just a minor operation and hopefully he won’t be out too long,” the coach added. “It will put him out of the Christmas game but we’ll have him fit for the season.”

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