Whitehaven could be cast in the role of party poopers when they tackle York City Knights at Bootham Crescent on Sunday.

A win would clinch the League One title and automatic promotion for James Ford’s Yorkshire side.

But Whitehaven could be in a position where they need to win to clinch fifth place in the play-offs.

"If that’s the case, and there’s something for both clubs to go all out for, we will be doing what we can to make sure we win it," said Haven coach Carl Forster.

The other scenario is that Haven travel knowing that they are already into the play-offs following defeats 24 hours earlier for both Oldham and Hunslet.

"That’s going to take the pressure off, if Oldham lose at London Skolars and Hunslet go down at Coventry," said Forster.

"Now, Skolars can be a tough proposition at home and we saw on Sunday that Coventry are also very capable.

"I expect that both Oldham and Hunslet will win but it would be nice to see Skolars and Coventry come out on top."

At the weekend, York were hoping the Roughyeds could upset Bradford Bulls and hand them the crown.

But, after a good start and going 10-0 in front, Oldham allowed the Bulls to come back and win the game 24-16.

York now need to beat Whitehaven on the final weekend and will remember that Haven turned over Ford’s team in Cumbria earlier in the season, one of only two defeats they have suffered.

On Sunday, York travelled to Hemel Stags and came away with a 56-6 victory which included a hat-trick of tries from Ben Cockayne.

The highlight, however, was Connor Robinson equalling Danny Brough’s all-time York RL goals in a season record, kicking eight out of 10 to take him to 178 for the year – the width of a post denying him the outright record.

He also notched a try to make it 20 points on the day and 404 for the season, taking him to within eight of Brough’s points in a season record, too.