In-form Workington Reds moved up to fifth in NPL Premier with a third win in a row - thanks to a new signing.

Preston North End teenager Kitt Nelson's youth loan to Workington was only confirmed on the morning of their home game against FC United of Manchester.

And the 18-year-old enjoyed a dream debut as he came on as a substitute to hit the winner in their 2-1 victory.

Nelson, who has signed a month-long loan at Borough Park, came off the bench in the 70th minute to replace Scott Allison.

And just seven minutes later he hit what proved the decisive goal.

His effort doubled Reds' lead after Sam Smith's opener, with an injury-time Smith own-goal failing to give FC United a late way back into the game.

The result at Borough Park in front of a 1,026 crowd was a third win in quick succession for Danny Grainger's men, who are making impressive progress after promotion.

Manager Grainger, speaking in a post-match club interview, said it was vital Workington had stayed in the game during spells when they came under heavy pressure.

"The only positive [after] the first half was that we were still in the game," he said.

"At half time we said we had to keep that side of it but add our quality.

"We did that in the second half.

"I was delighted for Kitt - it's always hard for a youngster coming into the group but to get a goal on his first appearance will give him that bit of belief he wants and needs to make sure he makes his loan a successful one."

Reds now sit in the play-off places after ten games of the campaign. They have won five of their six home games so far.

Elsewhere on the non-league scene, Carlisle City kept up their strong start to the Northern League Division One season with another victory on the road.

Jim Nichols' men won 2-0 at Crook Town to remain sixth in the table.

Goals from Rob McCartney (penalty) and Callum Birdsall clinched the points for City after Craig Moody had missed a spot-kick for the hosts.

Also in Division One, Penrith went down 2-1 at Birtley.

Luke Hunter had levelled for the Bonny Blues early in the second half but a second Callum Smith goal late on saw Darren Edmondson's side beaten, with Ronan Irving sent off in added time for the visitors.

Penrith sit 18th in the table.