Workington Reds’ captain Conor Tinnion believes his table-topping team can get even better as they prepare to host Widnes at Borough Park today (3pm kickoff).

Reds have started the league campaign with a bang, with five wins and two draws from their first eight games propelling them to the summit of the NPL North West Division, and they hope to extend that lead with another win at home this afternoon to follow on from their 6-1 win against Kendal Town in the Integro League Cup in midweek.

New manager Danny Grainger has implemented a system rooted heavily in dominating possession and keeping the ball on the floor which has so far reaped rewards with goals and points.

But Tinnion believes they are only scratching the surface and can take their performances up another level as they continue to adapt.

“The manager has got us playing a completely different style,” he said.

“A big thing that Steve [Rudd], Danny [Grainger] and Gari [Rowntree] have talked about is just trying to believe how good we can be.

“I’ll be honest, I still don’t think we’re anywhere near as good as we can be; we’ve probably got another two gears we can go into.

“We’ve got everybody believing that we can produce it at times but it’s no use doing it in spells, we need to get that consistency.

Tinnion has been one of Reds’ biggest creative sparks in recent years and he believes the way the team are playing this season can only be a good thing as he looks to be a dependable playmaker once again.

“If you’re an attacking player you can’t not enjoy playing like that,” he said.

“It’s how you always you always wish your teams would play.

“I know they do stats the coaching staff and some games we’ve been at 75 per cent possession and more.

“The more you’ve got the ball the more opportunities you have to create and the other team can’t score if they haven’t got it.

“It’s enjoyable and it’s getting more and more enjoyable the more we get used to it.”

The skipper admitted the responsibility of wearing the armband is something he has embraced and is “loving” so far.

He added: “I think if you spoke to a lot of the lads that played with me when I was younger they’d say it’s not something that came naturally to me.

“Having been at Reds for some time now you do start to have more of a say in the dressing room as the seasons go on.

“They’re a good bunch of lads to be the captain of and it’s rewarding playing with the likes of Ceiran Casson and Liam Brockbank and trying to bring them on because they’ve definitely got the ability to play at a higher level.”