Barrow Raiders are set for a Cumbrian derby warm-up for the League 1 campaign when they take on Workington Town this weekend.

Raiders have already had a taste of competitive action when they faced Oldham in the Challenge Cup last month.

But with the league campaign still some way off getting under way, a behind-closed-doors game against the west Cumbrians will help Paul Crarey's side continue to blow off the cobwebs.

Town head coach Chris Thorman said: “It’s what we do, we’re not professional trainers, we’re professional players.”

The friendly will be an opportunity to see players in a competitive setting before the games have an impact on rankings.

“The fact that we haven’t played for over 12 months, that’s something that we’ve never done before.

"Even though it’s termed a friendly game, the lads are really looking forward to playing against some opposition.

“It does give us a slight edge especially against a local club like Barrow.”

Thorman said that the game was also a method 'to give the lads that we have on trial the opportunity to stake a claim for a shirt in 2021'.

The two sides last met in January last year in Jarrad Stack's testimonial match, which was won 28-0 in a comprehensive pre-season win for Raiders.

There are a number of players who could be involved in the fixtures who have donned the colours of both clubs.

Tee Ritson, Declan Hulme, and Stack are ex-Town players in the Barrow ranks, while Workington boast former Raider and local boy Perry Singleton in their squad.