There were opening day wins for both Workington Town and Whitehaven in Rugby League's Championship. Whitehaven beat York 32 - 22 at home and Town won away at Swinton 14 - 10.
After promotion for both West Cumbrian teams last year, Workington and Whitehaven start their campaigns in the Championship today.
Town start life at the higher level with a trip to Swinton. Whitehaven enjoy home advantage for their first game, against York City Knights, and new head coach Dave Woods told ITV Border that he thinks the future is bright...
Town's manager Gary Charlton knows his side's hopes of winning the Championship 1 title are now firmly in their own hands after victory of former league leaders Barrow Raiders. Town scored eight tries and didn't miss a single kick at goal in the match.
In the end it was former Raider's player Mike Whitehead who made the result certain putting daylight between the two sides with five minutes to go. Victories over Gateshead, Rochdale and Olham would ensure Twon go up into the Championship as champions.
Title chasing Workington face a crucial game at home to local rivals Barrow today. They trail the south Cumbrian side by six points in National Championship 1 and need to win today to keep their title hopes alive. They have a game in hand over Barrow and second placed Doncaster.
Fourth placed Whitehaven, who will join Town in the Championship next season, face the relatively easy task of a home clash with rock bottom Gateshead who have only managed two league points all season.
Dave Bowden spoke to ITV Border's Ryan Dollard about how they have prepared for their weekend game against London Skolars and reflects on the season.