Chris Thorman hopes to make up to three additions to his Workington Town squad this week as he looks to put the finishing touches to his team before their League 1 campaign gets under way.

Town’s first competitive action of the year in the Challenge Cup third round on Sunday saw them fend off a spirited West Bowling side to win 28-22 in difficult conditions as Storm Dennis visited Derwent Park.

They will be back in cup action this weekend when they entertain league rivals Doncaster and Thorman was confident he could have a few new faces in his squad before that game.

“We should be announcing two signings if not three this week,” he said. “And from my point of view we’ve still got a fair few people missing.

“It would be great to have Calvin Wellington back, it will be great to have Elliott Miller back.

“They’re two of the more dynamic outside backs in the competition so it’ll be good to have them back at some point over the next couple of weeks.

“The club will be making announcements with regards to signings in due course.”

The Town boss was not overly concerned by his team looking a touch rusty in their season opener and believes the high winds had a major impact on the game which will make it difficult to analyse ahead of their return to the field.

West Bowling were tenacious and their fitness levels held up in the second half as they pushed their hosts in the final minutes, but Thorman believes he will learn more about his team when they take on a division rival this weekend before starting their league campaign in the coming weeks.

He added: “As a coach I made the group aware of all of these things but then when you’re out there, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face don’t they?

“I could talk about specifics of the game but I thought the wind affected a lot of it.

“A lot of the essentials of our game – your last plays, your kicking game – were massively affected and if you were at the game you’d understand what I meant.

“We will have a look at the video and there were probably a couple of defensive miscommunications on that left edge late in that second half which were a little bit disappointing.

“But we’ve got to move on quickly and I’m excited to see what we can achieve next weekend.”