Reds will wear their canary yellow shirts for the first time this season when they take on the Robins of Ilkeston Town on Saturday (3pm). They travel to the New Manor Ground for match number three of the new campaign and, for the second successive away game, will be playing on a 4G surface.
All Workington’s past history there has been on grass but, regardless of the surface, we know it will be another demanding ninety (plus) minutes against a team that has started with two excellent results.
They kicked-off their season with a 3-1 victory at Marske United last Saturday and followed up with an even better 4-1 home success versus Gainsborough Trinity.
Like us, they are returning to the NPL Premier Division having been members of the Southern League Premier Division (Central) last term, where they finished a commendable 7th.
For all our earlier success at the New Manor Ground, the abiding memory of previous Ilkeston encounters remains the Play-off clash at Borough Park in 2015. Reds had recorded a league double against the Ilkeston Reds towards the end of the season but then lost at home (0-1) to them in the knock-out stages.
Danny Grainger was assessing the knocks and bruises at Thursday’s training session but was hoping to travel with a near full-strength squad.
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U16s – free
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- The Reds Development Squad will play their first game of the new Cumberland County League season on Saturday. They host Cleator Moor Celtic Reserves at St Benedict’s School, Whitehaven (2pm).
- Reds Ladies also get underway this weekend with Accrington Stanley Women travelling to the Fibrus Community Stadium for the opening league fixture (2pm).