Workington joint boss Lee Andrews hailed Reds’ 4-2 home win over Hednesford as an important turning point in their battle to avoid the drop.

It was the first league win since September 1 and was crucially forged despite going behind on the stroke of half-time.

Andrews said: “We got pegged back at Stalybridge the week before but came back to win it.

"This time, we were behind at half-time so to come through and score three times in the second half without reply was encouraging.

“We have stressed that there are going to be times in a game when we get setbacks and we just have to concentrate and believe that we can turn things round.

"Hopefully, now that we have two wins in a row, we can go on and put together an unbeaten sequence.

"I suppose the next thing we have to do is get an away win in the league."

Andrews also praised three of Reds senior citizens who made important contributions – captain Gari Rowntree, forward Jason Walker and substitute Kyle May.

“Gari has been superb, playing as well as ever despite having to operate on the right," he added.

"Jason just never stopped and was making unselfish runs right to the final whistle.

"Kyle, of course, is saying it was an inspired substitution to bring him on at half-time.”

May’s entry was actually enforced because Josh Calvert suffered a heel injury in the first half.

He was one of three players to suffer injuries as Dan Wordsworth left after 59 minutes after a blow to the ribs while Niall Cowperthwaite, who had taken a series of knocks to the ankle, limped off over 20 minutes from time.

All three are expected to be ready for next Saturday’s game, said Andrews.

Reds will travel to Matlock hoping to extend their winning run, and at the same time, register their first away win of the campaign.

On Saturday, Matlock crashed 5-0 at South Shields.