With six wins from eight, high-flying, big-spending Workington come to… er… town on Sunday looking to consolidate their position in the Cumbrian cartel of clubs going shit or bust to get out of Championship 1 this season.
Like Hornets, ToWn had a Sunday off last weekend, but the week before - while Hornets were pushing water uphill at Neath, Worky were brutally dicking Doncaster, coming back from 18-nil down to rout the Dons with 45 unanswered points.
Indeed, ToWn are gambling big on grabbing a top-four berth. Ex-Hull forward Jamie Thackray, ex-England international Mark Calderwood have been been joined at Derwent Park by Hull utility forward James Newton, who 's signed on dual reg. terms.
But Worky don't really 'do; Hornets of late, losing four from four last season. And Stanky is under no illusion of the importance of Sunday's game. Quoted in the press this week, he said: “Workington have started well and are desperate for promotion and have spent a lot of money."
“We have to roll up our sleeves but our games are fast running out of time. If we lose then the chances of us going up are very slim.”
“This is probably one of the most important games in the club’s recent history. I want the players to knuckle down and play to their full potential."
With several players still unavailable through injury, Stanky has moved swiftly this week to bring ex-Hornets Chris Clough and Danny Samuel back to Spotland to bolster the squad and increase his options.
Indeed this season - and next - could well hang on Sunday's 80 minutes. This IS a make or break game. So let's see who wants it most.