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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Workington Reds motoring towards play-offs

Workington Reds can push for the play-offs, insists midfielder Mark Boyd.

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Confident: Workington Reds’ Mark Boyd

Reds are just five points off the Gainsborough Trinity in the final play-off spot, and have two games in hand on their rivals.

Today, Workington travel to Vauxhall Motors, with Harrogate visiting west Cumbria on New Year’s Day.

Reds have no worries about travelling as they haven’t lost to Vauxhall in four years, and are currently five games unbeaten on the road.

Since that 3-0 defeat to Motors in 2008, Workington have come out on top in seven of eight clashes, including the last five.

Boyd said Reds must maintain their decent form if they are to push on for the league’s top spots.

He said: “We will definitely be there or thereabouts.

“There aren’t many teams in this league that are better than us.

“We need to put a run together, and keep playing the way we have been.

“We got spanked off Bradford, but that was a freak result.

“We are better than that and proved how good we can be in other games.

“But if we are going to push on and try make the play-offs then we need to go to Vauxhall and win.

“They are a team we have done well against recently, but that counts for nothing after that first whistle blows. The play-offs has to be the ultimate target, but it’ll be tough, we know that. But this team are not quitters.

“We will continue to fight for every point.”

Boss Darren Edmondson praised the work of Motors boss Carl Macauley, and said: “Carl has done a fantastic job.

“With the budget he’s working with, he deserves a lot more recognition than he’s had.

“He’s got a shoestring to work with, and is not only keeping Vauxhall above the relegation zone, but well clear.”

Vauxhall have lost three of their last five home games, while Harrogate also have a patchy record.

Simon Weaver’s men have just one win in five away matches.

Reds have rearranged two postponed fixtures with league leaders Chester visiting Borough Park on February 19, and Brackley making the trip from Northamptonshire on March 12.

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