Workington Reds chairman John Mackay has stressed the importance of the club and fans sticking together as they look to claw their way out of relegation trouble in the final 11 games of the season.

It is nearing must-win time for Reds as they sit six points from safety with an inferior goal difference to fourth-bottom Stafford, albeit with a game in hand on the two sides between them and survival.

Tonight will see a trip to second-placed Farsley Celtic (7.45pm kick-off), who are scrapping for points in their own battle to secure automatic promotion after going down 2-0 at Lancaster City on Saturday.

Mackay said: “Performances have been good, results not so good which is disappointing.

“At the end of the day, the lads are giving everything.

“We had a good crowd of more than 400 on Saturday and the more people come through the gates to cheer us on, the better, because it boosts the lads.

“It’s important we stick together.”

A recent run of three wins in a row against Bamber Bridge, Grantham Town and North Ferriby United sparked hopes that Reds could climb away from the foot of the table, but they have won just one of their five games since then and have now suffered defeat in their last four matches at Borough Park.

Mackay feels Reds have not had much luck in recent weeks, with good performances in tight games not yielding the points manager Lee Andrews and his assistant Steve Rudd would have hoped for.

But he believes, as long as they maintain their performance levels, their fortunes will improve.

“When you’re down at the bottom of the league, you never seem to get the rub of the green,” he said.

“We’re all still positive and anticipating a good end to the season and hopefully something to celebrate.”