Workington Reds have not thrown in the towel despite survival now being out of their hands, insists chairman John Mackay.

Tuesday night’s game against relegation rivals Mickleover Sports saw the West Cumbrians go down 1-0 at Borough Park and means they are now reliant on the teams around them dropping points even if they win all of their remaining games.

They go to Witton tomorrow (3pm kick-off) looking for three points which would keep their hopes of survival in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League alive and Mackay believes no-one at the club has conceded defeat in their battle to avoid relegation.

Mackay said: “It was disappointing that we lost the game, which we had billed as a six-pointer, but it wasn’t through the lack of effort.

“Unfortunately, in the relegation battle, it is out of our hands now through being four points behind Bamber Bridge and Mickleover, and now with only one game in hand.

“But we will keep going. Nobody at the club is throwing in the towel and in this game things can change so quickly.

“We played well in our last away game at Whitby and came back with the points. That’s what we will be trying to do on Saturday at Witton.”

Reds will evaluate their ‘six for six’ initiative ahead of their three final home games.

A crowd of just over 500 watched Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat by Mickleover Sport at Borough Park.

The club had offered admission for £6 and were pleased at the increase in attendance, although had been hoping to top at least 600.

Mackay said: “We still have to discuss whether we will try again but I must say it was good to have over 500 in for the game.”

Under normal admission prices, on a Tuesday night and against lowly opposition, the game might have attracted just under 300.