AFTER a disappointing loss against Halifax Panthers this past weekend, Whitehaven RLFC will look to refocus as it is still all to play for in the Betfred Championship.

Whitehaven players have a much needed respite from the relentless playing schedule this weekend before facing Oldham on Sunday July 25.

Reacting to the 4-14 defeat against Oldham, head coach Gary Charlton said: “We just lack a little bit of composure at the right time.”

He added that Whitehaven could have gotten back in the game with two to three completed sets.

“We just fell a little bit short there.”

Charlton said: “There was no lack of effort. You don’t get anything if you don’t put the effort in. Everything you put in you get out.”

Haven have felt the benefit of fans returning to the LEL Arena.

“We’ve got two games at home four away, we go into every game to win but the home games you’ve got to win them. That’s our biggest aim.

“It’s great to have them back down, they’re really loud, they’re really passionate. If it’s not going well they’re telling you. We just want more of the Whitehaven public to come down.”

Ryan King made his debut for Haven in the Halifax game despite signing in August 2020, he has been ruled out of competition with a knee injury until now.

Assistant coach Jonty Gorley said: “King’s waited a long time. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed anyone as dedicated to the rehab as King. I’m absolutely chuffed to bits for the lad that he’s back out there playing.

“He’s a good lad, a good squad member, everyone loves a bit of banter with him.”

Haven has benefitted from experienced leadership on the pitch recently as captain Marc Shakley has also made a return from injury.