Depleted Workington Reds have help coming with a Football League club midfielder set to join up on loan.

Reds travelled to Barwell on Saturday, where they lost 1-0, with only two substitutes – Conor Tinnion, who was not fully fit, and joint-manager Lee Andrews.

“I’d been hoping to get two players on loan before Saturday’s game and almost got one over the line," said Andrews.

“That should be completed early in the week, although the second one might not happen."

Reds have not won in the Evo-Stik Premier Division this year and conceding a quick double to Barwell was their fifth straight defeat, which has dropped them to 10th in the table.

Injuries to Jordan Holt, Josh Calvert and Anthony Wright, with Dan Wordsworth unavailable, cut Reds options, compounded by the fact that younger players used before, were involved with the Cumbria side.

“Under the circumstances, I thought it was a very good effort," added Andrews.

“It was a totally committed performance and I thought we deserved something out of it.

“One mistake cost us and I feel that we just aren’t getting that little bit of luck you need.

“We are still focused on making the play-offs and there is still a lot of football to be played.”

Workington should be in action again tomorrow night at Buxton but there looks every chance of that falling foul of the weather.

Buxton’s home game on Saturday was postponed because of a frozen pitch and, with snow and ice forecast for the next few days, their clash with Reds is likely to go the same way.

Reds are also away on Saturday when they travel to Stalybridge.

And they will also be on the road the following Tuesday when they are due to take on Lancaster in the third round of the League Cup.

The winners of that tie will be at home to either South Shields or Cleethorpes in the fourth round.