Workington Reds hope their fixture woes will ease today and they can get their push to avoid relegation back on track.

Chairman John Mackay admitted it has been a frustrating period for the club, with their last two fixtures – home league games against North Ferriby United, who have since folded, and title-chasing South Shields – postponed.

But they are set to get their battle to climb out of relegation trouble back under way at Whitby Town this afternoon and, despite the fact they are seven points from fourth-bottom Bamber Bridge, Mackay feels positive they can get out of it.

Mackay said: “Obviously we wanted points on the board and money through the turnstiles so it has been frustrating the last few weeks but that’s life and there’s nothing we can do about it.

“We hope this is the start of a run of games to get out of it.

“We’re not too separated from the teams above us, we’ve got points to play for and we believe we can get enough points to stay in this league.

Reds travel to face mid-table Town at the Turnbull Ground (3pm kickoff) looking for three points to kickstart their push up the table but, despite Whitby being well clear of the relegation zone and unlikely to trouble the play-off places, Mackay warned their players will have plenty to fight for.

“They maybe can’t go up or down but their players will be trying to nail down next season’s contracts,” he said.

“I know people can think teams might not be as up for it as us but it doesn’t work like that.

“At the end of the day, every game from now is a match where we’ve got to turn up and play our best.”

Mackay also played down the potential benefits of Reds’ players having had the opportunity to rest and recharge having not played since March 5.

“Yes our lads might not be as tired but they also might not be as match-fit so it can work both ways,” he added.

“All that means is that, again, we have to go out and play our best.

“The main thing is we are still not out of it, the team spirit is still good and the lads’ heads haven’t dropped.

“They don’t want to be relegated and they too will be thinking of contracts for next season and how that would affect them and the club.”

Reds have virtually a full squad to choose from for the trip, with Dan Wordsworth due to miss out because of the final game of his suspension.

They have two games in hand on Bamber Bridge and one on third-bottom Mickleover Sports.