Workington Reds chairman John Mackay wants to bring the ‘feel-good factor’ back to the club by emulating last year’s FA Trophy run when they travel to Newcastle Town on Saturday.

Reds have had a poor start to the Evo Stik Northern Premier League season, floundering next to the bottom of the table.

But Mackay hopes last year’s superb run in the FA Trophy, which saw them reach the quarter-finals, can be an inspiration to the players and allow them to pick up confidence.

“We are away from the league on Saturday, heading to Newcastle Town in the FA Trophy, and hopefully it can be the start of another good run to bring the feel-good factor back to the club,” said Mackay.

“Hopefully we can get the win and get back to winning ways again. We hoped that that would be the case last weekend but it wasn’t to be.

“No two seasons are alike which has been proven this year for us. But if we can get a decent FA Trophy run it will bring back the feel-good factor and and get the lads back on winning ways, along with some money in the coffers.

“I always say that the longest journey starts with the smallest step and we took that first step when we beat Scarborough in the last round. Now we are on the second step and hopefully we can go on from there.

“Much of this is down to confidence as the lads are all trying their best, it just isn’t coming off at the minute.

“It is certainly not through a lack of effort.”