Ulverston will look to put last week’s Barton Townley Cup final defeat at the hands of Millom behind them when they entertain Oldham St Annes A at Dragley Beck in Division One of the North West Men’s League tomorrow.

They go into the clash without injured skipper Matty Storey, who came off injured during the final and could be out for a week or two.

Also ruled out are Connor Saunders and Johnny Hutton, while back in contention is go-forward prop Sam Shepherd along with Rowan Smedley and Andy Benson.

Coach Dennis Porter has the task of lifting his players as they get back to the bread and butter of rugby league. He said: “The lads were still a little disappointed at training this week and I am looking for a response.

“They worked hard against Millom and we will bounce back, that game has gone and we move forward. A win over St Annes will lift them as we aim to climb the ladder.

“We don’t know much about Annes - these days you don’t know what kind of a team anyone sends up so you just have to get on with your own game plan.”

Ulverston lie seventh in the the division with four points while Annes are above them on eight but there is little between top of the pile and those in mid-table.

“If, as it looks, Saunders and Hutton are unavailable we could bring Will Coles or Connor’s brother Marc in at half back with Benson possibly taking Hutton's wing position,” Porter said.

“I will look at tonight’s A team game, but we have 36 lads who have put their hands up for the two games.”

Roose Pioneers travel to second-placed Wigan Spring View in Division Three looking to go better than their last outing when they were crushed by Burtonwood Bridge at Holbeck Park.

However, they are short on numbers with Aide and Dan White along with Jack Robertson and Scott Low all unavailable, while Dave Oakley is rated 50-50.

Joint coach Mike Backhouse looks like he will have to pull on his boots once more.

The former Barrow and BARLA full back said ahead of the trip: “We’re down in numbers and I may have to play again.

“It was always my intention to stand on the touchline and have a good look at the players on the park, but for several reasons I’m having to play.

“We have had a session this week with boxing coach Jeff Moses who has been working on our defence, looking at areas that we have to improve upon.”

Pioneers are third-from-bottom with just two wins from their league campaign, while Spring View have lost only once.