Workington Town head coach Chris Thorman is excited to pit his League 1 side against Championship outfit Sheffield Eagles in the Challenge Cup’s fifth round on Sunday.

Town travel to Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium (2pm kick-off) to face the challenge of the Eagles, a side who have had a lacklustre start to the season but are nevertheless a team higher up the divisions.

If the West Cumbrians are successful in reaching the next stage of the competition, the chances of them earning a glamorous draw against one of Super League’s heavyweights would increase, with Castleford Tigers, Catalans Dragons, Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos, Salford Red Devils, St Helens, Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors all set to enter the cup in the sixth round.

“I’m looking forward to going to Doncaster to play against a good Sheffield team,” Thorman said.

“I’m sure they will be up for it and they’ve got a decent squad but from my point of view we’ve got to focus on what we need to do well, work on our individual jobs and make sure we stick to our assignments.

“If we do that then the performance and hopefully the result will take care of itself.”

Thorman is hopeful that his players can build and improve on their league showing at Newcastle last weekend, which pleased the Town boss in some respects but ultimately left him disappointed not to have taken advantage against a Thunder team he felt were there for the taking.

He could look to hand opportunities this weekend to some players in the Town squad who have found their playing time limited so far but is unlikely to make wholesale changes, having spoken already this season of his respect for the cup and desire to go as far as possible in the competition. Dec O’Donnell is the only serious injury concern for Town.

“It might be an opportunity to rotate the squad just a little bit,” he said.

Sheffield’s Joel Farrell, who was due to be suspended for the clash, will now be available after he appealed a Grade B charge of dissent and was found not guilty.