JOHN Duffy wants an immediate response to Leigh’s Championship loss at Toulouse by taking another step along the road to Wembley, writes Trevor Baxter.

Centurions entertain League One Workington Town on Sunday (kick-off 3 pm) in the last 16 of the inaugural 1895 Cup.

The competition final will take place at Wembley after the 2019 Challenge Cup final.

“It’s an opportunity for us to go somewhere we haven’ been for a long time,” said Duffy.

“It would be outstanding for the club and the town if we could make it to Wembley though I would rather the game had been a curtain raiser to the Challenge Cup final,” said Duffy

“So, we have got to make sure we get our preparations right. We have a few injured players and others who need a rest.

“But we are going to play against a decent, well coached team so we can’t afford to be complacent.”

Duffy remains disappointed by Leigh’s defeat to second placed Toulouse though there were mitigating factors.

Four players were unable to fly with the main party because the plane size was downgraded.

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The quartet were then booked onto a flight to Paris and an onward connection to Toulouse.

That resulted in kit and clothing going missing with Joe Cator forced to play in borrowed boots and underwear.

“There was a lot of travel disruption but that was no excuse,” said Duffy. “We should have put in a better effort.

“There were too many errors and we were under the pump most of the game. We expected better.”

Workington return to action for the first time since beating Hunslet 12-4 on May 19 to register only their fourth League One win of the year.

The previous poor form ended Leon Pryce’s reign as coach with experienced former Huddersfield Giants player and assistant, Chris Thorman, taking over.

The Cumbrians arrive at Leigh Sports Village with plenty of familiar faces including ex Centurions favourites Fuifui Moimoi, Danny Tickle, Sam Hopkins, Sean Penkywicz and on loan Declan O’Donnell

Leigh will be looking for a new half-back pairing after Ryan Brierley returned to Toronto. The club extended Brierley’s stay by a further week after the win over Widnes at Summer Bash.

He returns to the Championship leaders facing an uncertain future, unlikely to immediately force his way back into coach Brian McDermott’s plans.

Danny Richardson is an obvious replacement for Brierley having last played for parent club, St Helens, against Catalans Dragons on April 28.

“We might need to bring someone in because we are depleted with our numbers,” said Duffy. “We always have been but we’re a bit worse for wear at the moment.”