Newport Wasps lack of action and attention to strengthening the team has perhaps detracted from the fact that they have slipped in the Premier League.

But they will be looking to halt their slide - they have suffered four successive league defeats - when they take on Workington in a double header meeting at Hayley Stadium on Sunday (tapes-up 2.30pm).

The Wasps meeting is followed by the Mavericks facing Boston in the Conference League.

And in a hectic weekend, Wasps are at Stoke tomorrow night with skipper Tony Atkin returning to his former club, bidding to celebrate his elevation into the main body of the team from reserve where he has been piling up the points.

Wasps will be looking for a big home boost by dumping Workington by not only gaining the double but with it the bonus point. That would provide them with a real lift in a bid to lure back the fans who were not in great abundance against Hull, the last home meeting, which ended in a six-point defeat.

New signing Lee Dicken will be in at reserve and promoter Tim Stone will be hoping that the new-look line-up will provide the lift he is hoping for.

Workington, like many teams, have experienced injury problems with both Kauko Nieminen and Kevin Little on the sidelines, but as a team they have overcome their problems better than most.

Nieminen is back home in Finland, recovering from an operation on a broken collar bone and Workington will use rider replacement while Little is still on the sidelines, the reserve out with a broken shoulder blade and his place will be taken by former Wasp Pavel Ondrasik, now riding for Exeter.

James Wright has moved into the main body of the team and they will use Jamie Westacott at reserve.

Stone said: "The Workington match gives us the chance of a bonus point and we will certainly be going all out to win, but we know that is easier said than done.

"Despite all of their injuries, Workington are still a good side and we will need to be at our best if we are going to beat them."

And once again Wasps will be looking to their favourite guest Stuart Robson for leadership and he will also be facing brother Scott.

Workington's number one Carl Stonehewer is always a threat and in the away defeat at Exeter recently he scored a paid 12 points, not far off half his side's points in a 61-32 defeat.