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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Eight points will be enough for safety, says Workington Reds boss

Eight more points will secure Workington Reds’ place in the Blue Square Bet North.

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Mark Beck

Boss Darren Edmondson, whose side are hovering above the relegation zone with 42 points from 35 matches, believes hitting the half century will be enough to save their season.

No team has ever been relegated from the division with more than 45 points - a feat both Scarborough and Worksop suffered in 2007.

Home form will be key for Workington, who host Solihull Moors tomorrow (kick off 3pm).

Colwyn Bay and Histon must also make the long trek to west Cumbria.

Edmondson said: “This year will see records broken.

“A team with more than 45 points could easily go down, and we have to fight for our lives to make sure it’s not us. If we can get eight points in the bag then I believe we will be safe.

“Our aim has to be to hit the 50-point mark, and then we can look to finish as high in the league as possible.

“It’s not going to be easy though. We have some tough games in the run-in, but at home we must look to win.

“No game is ever a given, but it goes without saying we need to be beating teams like Solihull.

“They are a physical unit and come looking for the points to guarantee their safety, because they are not out of the woods yet.

“But it has to be about us and getting a positive result. We have just six games left to save our season.”

Adam Flynn will keep his place in Workington’s back line with Gari Rowntree suspended. The experienced defender impressed during last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Harrogate.

Jonny Wright remains doubtful with a back problem with Jordan Connerton set to deputise in his absence.

Matthew Berkeley will be part of the squad with Carlisle youth product Mark Beck and Middlesbrough trainees Michael Roberts and Lewis Galpin vying for a place on the bench.

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