Workington Town boss Chris Thorman hopes the experience of some of his players in high-pressure games can make a difference when they take on Hunslet in a crucial play-off eliminator tomorrow.

The visit to the South Leeds Stadium (3pm kickoff) will see Chris Thorman’s Town side take on Hunslet for the fourth time in his short spell at the club.

They have won all three of their previous clashes this season but Thorman – who penned a three-year deal to stay at Derwent Park as the club's head coach this week – admitted that will count for little if his team do not win this weekend.

And the 38-year-old hopes the vast experience of some of his stalwarts in games at the top level of rugby league can give his team an edge as they look to progress through the play-offs.

“We know what they’re about but I suppose the previous results have to go out of the window wit h a game like this,” he said.

“The message from me will be fairly similar to what I’ve delivered all season.

“If the boys don’t motivate themselves to play in games like this then they either need to find a new sport or another club.

“On a positive for me I’ve got a bunch of senior players who have been around the block and have played in much more high-pressure games than this one.

"Hopefully that will be an advantage for us and help us to deal with the occasion."

Thorman avoided being too harsh on his players after the disappointment of last weekend’s home defeat against Doncaster and preferred to focus on their good run of form prior to that game and the things they have done well in recent weeks.

He believes the injuries and absences took their toll on his squad and left a number of players running on empty.

“I don’t expect us to play like that again this season, however many more times we play,” he said.

“There were reasons behind it.

“You can’t stay emotionally up for games every single week.

“The previous weekend we travelled with 15 players and I basically asked the same group of players to go again.

“We have done some video and highlighted some stuff and some people were a bit embarrassed by what they saw on film but I’m confident we’ll fix that up.”

Hunslet's home record has been poor this season, with the Hawks having won just one of their last six games on their own turf and four of 10 League 1 games at the South Leeds Stadium all year.

They lost their last two home games – against Oldham and Town – and conceded at least 30 points in both of those fixtures.