NEWS | Whitehaven match preview

NEWS | Whitehaven match preview

12th July 2019

The Dons take on top of the table Whitehaven in Betfred League One at the LD Nutrition Stadium this weekend.

Richard Horne’s side have won their past two games, with just one defeat in their previous six league fixtures.

Half-back Rangi Chase is in line to make his first appearance of the club, having signed two months ago.

Who’s the gaffer?

Gary Charlton took over the head coach’s role at the end of last season after player/coach Carl Forster announced he was leaving the club. Charlton is well known in Cumbria having also coached Barrow, Carlisle and Whitehaven. He was in charge of Workington between 2009 and 2014, and has more recently been involved with Maryport in the Cumbrian Men’s League.

Ones to watch  

Jessie Joe Parker

The powerful centre is a firm fans favourite with Whitehaven after being with the club since 2012. Always a threat with the ball in hand, the Papua New Guinea international is a teammate of Dons’ centre Jason Tali for his country.

Dion Aiye 

Another Papua New Guinea international, Aiye is regarded by many as one of the best players in the competition. His battling style from the back-row position has seen him linked with a number of moves to a higher level.

Carl Forster

Forster was the player coach at Whitehaven until the end of last season when he joined Rochdale in the Betfred Championship. He re-joined the club earlier this season though after a short stint at the Crown Oil Arena.

Last time out

The Dons were beaten 26-8 at the Recreation Ground when the two sides last met back in March. Tries from Matty Chrimes and Matty Beharrell weren’t enough as Whitehaven produced a dominant second-half display.

NEWS | Whitehaven match preview