Workington Reds made a stunning start to the new season - with a five-goal haul.

Danny Grainger's newly-promoted side thrashed Ashton United in a clinical 5-0 Northern Premier League Premier Division opening-day win.

Scott Allison helped himself to four goals with Sam Smith also on target.

The goal-fest took place in front of 830 fans at Borough Park as Reds began life after last term's play-off glory in magnificent style.

"The way the boys have played today is a massive credit to them," manager Grainger said afterwards in a club interview.

"That replicates everything that we are. That's what I asked them to do before the game.

"We've punished a really good team today. Ashton will be good this season. To do that to a team like that is a fantastic achievement."

Grainger also paid tribute to his team's resilience that securedΒ a clean sheet, while experienced frontman Allison has now reached the 150-goal mark for Reds.

"You never think he's going to miss an opportunity," Grainger said.

"He was tremendous."

In Northern League Division One, meanwhile, there was a draw for Carlisle City and a defeat for Penrith.

City drew 2-2 at Heaton Stannington with Penrith going down 4-0 at Newcastle Benfield.

A Jordan Holt penalty cancelled out Heaton's early lead before Jack Dickinson put Jim Nichols' City in front, only for their hosts to fight back.

Penrith, meanwhile, were level at the break at Newcastle before conceding four after the break.

The Bonny Blues named 47-year-old assistant manager Richard Prokas among their substitutes, as Dennis Knight (two), Bruno Pilatos and Callum Guy struck for the hosts.