Workington Reds surged to an impressive victory in their final home game of 2023.

Danny Grainger's side claimed a 4-1 win over Ilkeston Town at Borough Park.

Goals from Dav Symington, Steven Rigg, Kitt Nelson and Dannen Francis earned the points for the west Cumbrians as they came from behind following Luke Cox's early Ilkeston opener.

It saw Workington move up two places to 13th as they extended their unbeaten run to eight league games.

In-form Symington, meanwhile, took his tally to 15 goals for the season, putting the ex-Carlisle United man joint second in the Northern Premier League Premier Division goalscoring chart.

Reds, who handed a debut to new Gateshead loan signing Connor Pani as well as a first start to Carlisle United youth team player Sam Hetherington, who is on a work experience loan, go to second-bottom Atherton Collieries on Boxing Day.

In Northern League Division One, there were mixed fortunes for Carlisle City and Penrith ahead of their Boxing Day derby.

Jim Nichols' City returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at West Allotment Celtic.

A first City goal from ex-United and Reds man Keelan Leslie was followed by a Jordan Holt header as the visitors moved up to eighth.

News and Star: Jordan Holt helped Carlisle City to victoryJordan Holt helped Carlisle City to victory (Image: Jordan McGrath)

Darren Edmondson's Penrith, though, lost out in a high-scoring contest at Heaton Stannington.

Andrew Murray-Jones put the Bonny Blues ahead before Craig Scott and Ryan Carr replied for the hosts. DJ Taylor levelled late on for Penrith but Carr won it in the 88th minute for the north east side.

Penrith sit 16th ahead of Tuesday's short trip to take on City at the Three Rivers Health & Safety Consultancy Stadium (Gillford Park). The Boxing Day derby kicks off at 2pm.