Getting the job done on Sunday will be Whitehaven’s main priority when they face West Wales at the Recreation Ground.

Victory over the Raiders, and a follow-up success against Coventry Bears next Saturday, will give Haven the League 1 title.

But coach Gary Charlton wants to involve members of his squad who have been short of game time in recent weeks.

“It’s all about involving everybody on what we hope to achieve this season,” he said.

“There have been times when we have been down to the bare bones and these lads have come in and done a great job for us.

“Everybody is fit and raring to go this weekend, so they will go out there knowing exactly what we have to do.

"Making sure we win the game is our number one priority and I am sure the players will be ready for it.

“It has been a real squad effort throughout the season and we couldn’t have asked for a better set of lads to work with.

"They have continually surprised us.”

Before a ball was kicked in League 1, Whitehaven were not considered by the bookies as potential champions – fifth in the first betting odds that came out.

To finish top of the league will be a terrific effort by Charlton, his coaching team and the players, when you consider where the club was placed a year ago.

Financially embarrassed, unable to sign players, with gates hovering around the 400 mark and missing out on the play-offs, the club seemed to be going nowhere.

Now they are two games away from playing again in the Championship.

Hand-in-hand with that success has come improved attendance figures with more than 1,000 for the visit of promotion rivals Oldham and a bumper 2,300 for the local derby with Workington Town.

Chairman Tom Todd said: “We hope that the fans will turn out in force to back the team in what could be a momentous afternoon.

"Winning our last home game would put us on course for a massive finale, at Rugby, against Coventry.

“I know we are going to have excellent support against the Bears and it would be great if we could give the team a great send off from the Recreation Ground.”

West Wales might be the least appealing of opposition but what’s at stake makes the game hugely attractive.