Having avoided a pointless end to the season with successive victories, Whitehaven now just have to keep it going.

Player-coach Carl Forster was dismayed after the home defeat by Doncaster and was concerned that his side would face a pointless finish to the campaign – pointless as in nothing to play for.

But victories over Hemel Stags and Hunslet, in which they have clocked up almost 100 points, has extended their interest in the play-offs.

Remarkably, those victories followed revelations that Haven and Forster were parting company at the end of the season and the club would be operating with a much-reduced budget.

The fact that Haven are still in the hunt for a play-off place, despite being under special measures and unable to sign anyone, operating with the smallest squad in the competition and have had several injury issues, is one of the achievements of the League One season.

It’s a great credit to Forster and his group of players that, under difficult circumstances, they are still chasing a play-off place.

Forster was League One coach of the year in 2017 and, although not nominated this time, there’s a school of thought which suggests his achievements this year have been even better.

“We can only win on Sunday and, after looking at the other results, see where that leaves us,” said the coach.

“I know we’ve got into a situation where we’re relying on others to slip-up but we have continued to work hard and stay in contention.

“I know we want to keep it going for as long as possible.”

Whitehaven will want to win, scoring as many points as possible against Coventry Bears, who have been experiencing injury issues themselves in recent weeks.

Sunday’s opponents – Coventry – are the third team in the league to have conceded over 1,000 points. They have won six of their 24 games so far.