MATCH PREVIEW: Reds train in the rain

Workington’s depleted squad trained for the final time this year in preparation for their first game of 2024.

They host Bamber Bridge at Borough Park on Monday (3pm) in a reverse of the August Bank Holiday fixture.

But numbers were down at Saturday’s final session and management will again be restricted in their team selection.

The lower half of the NPL Premier Division table has certainly created a bit of interest in these parts with strugglers Atherton Collieries, Basford United and, particularly, Stafford Rangers all picking up valuable points after recording impressive victories recently.

Bamber Bridge emerged narrow 2-1 derby winners in their Boxing Day clash against Lancaster City and leap-frogged Reds in the process.  ‘Brig are currently 13th with 31 points and are just above Reds because their goal difference is positive.  

They are the division’s draw specialists with ten recorded so far, five of which have been on their travels.  Their two away wins to date have been at Atherton Collieries and Bradford Park Avenue.

Back in August, Reds lost 3-0 at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium when all the goals were netted in a sloppy first half performance.

The New Year’s Day clash will be the fourteenth league meeting between the sides but Bamber Bridge still hold the bragging rights having won seven times compared to the four wins Reds have managed.

We once inflicted a 5-1home defeat upon them in an FA Cup tie but have also lost heavily here (2-5) in the FA Trophy.

  • Reds’ record on New Year’s Day is not good with just two victories from their seven most recent appearances on 1st January!

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