A pair of quickfire second-half goals earned Workington Reds a 3-1 win in an absorbing FA Trophy preliminary round replay against Droylsden.

The hard-fought but richly-deserved victory in front of 401 supporters at a chilly Borough Park secured Workington £2,250 and a first round qualifying trip to Brighouse on October 26.

Scott Allison gave Reds the advantage when he diverted Dav Symington’s low cross past visiting goalkeeper Chris Thompson for his 101st Workington goal in the 30th minute.

They were fortunate to retain their lead perhaps when Danny Wilkins fluffed his yards on the edge of the six-yard box from a low cross, but they also had chances to make the scoreline more comfortable.

Droylsden were level seconds into the second half when Adam Rooney played Steve Rigby in behind and the advancing defender slotted past Alex Mitchell.

But Reds’ response was swift and ruthless, with two goals in five minutes restoring then doubling their lead.

Allison gave his marker the slip and slid the ball back across goal as the whole box seemed to open up for Symington to rifle an unstoppable shot past Thompson from about 15 yards in the 58th minute.

They doubled their advantage four minutes later when a looping Symington cross evaded everyone and nestled in the far corner to seal the game.