Whitehaven coach Gary Charlton is looking forward to seeing more of his players in action this weekend.

The ones who have had limited game time so far will get their chance to show what they have to offer against Wigan St Patrick’s in the Challenge Cup.

Charlton said: “These lads have trained very well and are itching to get a run-out so I am particularly keen to see how they go.

“Lewis Brown, Matty While and Jake Bradley will definitely get plenty of time on the field, while Kurt Maudling is back with us and can expect a good run-out.”

Unfortunately the other new signing Ethan Kelly won’t be included as he’s cup-tied from playing against Red Star Belgrade with Millom in the first round.

The one definite non-starter is Brett Phillips who picked up a knock in the last game at Oldham and hasn’t recovered sufficiently.

Young Bradley, who signed for Haven during the winter, was used by Hensingham A in the Iggesund Cumberland League and scored two tries in a fine performance.

“He can play in the Cumberland ARL but not in the Conference, and he will be particularly looking forward to playing against St Pat’s,” said Charlton.

The Haven coach, who takes in an amateur game most Saturdays, actually watched Hensingham’s first Conference League home match against Eastmoor Dragons.

“They were a bit unlucky really because the weather suited Eastmoor much more,” he said.

Charlton knows the Conference scene from when he coached Egremont and has been speaking to a friend about tomorrow’s opponents Wigan St Patrick’s (3pm kick-off).

“He thinks they will give it a good go but our fitness and experience should tell in the end. That’s how I’m hoping it turns out,” said Charlton.

The Wigan amateurs are expected to bring a coach load of fans with them and are looking forward to the occasion.