Workington Reds handed Gari Rowntree the perfect retiring present - with a clear cut victory over Dunston.

Reds rattled up a 4-1 victory in this Boxing Day clash at Borough Park with two goals from Conor Tinnion and one apiece for Nathan Waterston and Scott Allison.

The home side always appeared to be in the driving seat with only the odd chance for the visitors, although they did put one away in reply.

There was an early chance for Reds as a thunderbolt free kick from Conor Tinnion swung in low and towards the far post but it just shaded the wrong side.

Nathan Waterston got the ball from a Reds breakaway and turned the defender in the box before looking to curl his shot in but it just took a deflection to go out for a corner.

This was dealt with but Reds were looking much better than their opponents in the opening 15 minutes.

And it eventually showed as, from a corner, a Dan Wordsworth header was blocked but Waterston was on hand to swing it around and slide it into the net to give his side the lead.

A Dav Symington effort was just palmed away by the keeper and then Dunston had their best effort of the game when Scott Heslop went close, his final effort going over the bar.

Scott Allison looked to turn a dead ball into a chance as he pulled it back across goal but Dunston quickly fired it out for a corner which was eventually rattled high and wide by Symington.

A fantastic ball from Brad Hubbold gave Waterston the ball at his feet with just the keeper to beat.

But Karl Dryden did well, coming out to close the striker down and Waterston tried to take it past him but it ran too far and went dead.

A Matty Clarke shot was put into the danger area and then Conor Tinnion stretched a foot out to turn it into the goal and give Reds a two cushion advantage just ahead of the break.

Tinnion thought he had maybe got a second as he fired from close range just a minute later but this time the keeper managed to palm it away.

But it was still nearly another goal as it struck Waterston but just lifted over the bar and Reds remained 2-0 to the good at half time.

Into the second half and soon Reds were 3-0 up as Symington lined up his shot and it came off Allison to go into the back of the net for the prolific Reds forward.

But Dunston came back with a bang as a great shot from Scott Heslop from long range looped over the head of Jim Atkinson in the Reds goal to bring them back into the game.

Reds got back their three goals advantage in the 59th minute as Tinnion drilled one home with his trusty left foot as the home side brought on Charlie Bowman in place of Symington.

And he nearly had the perfect entrance as Waterston beat his man before putting the ball into the box for Bowman but the keeper just got a hand to it before he could reach.

A great run up the flank by Bowman saw him put a great cross in and Waterston bore down on it quickly before unleashing a thunderbolt that rattled the woodwork before bouncing clear.

Clarke tried to get in on the goal-scoring act as he fired a shot that looked to be heading in but the keeper made a crunching save.

And with 12 minutes remaining, the biggest round of applause was saved for the retiring Gari Rowntree who left the field to be replaced by Sam Smith.

Appeals for a penalty for an alleged handball were waved away by the ref who instead handed Workington a corner, but Smith's final touch saw the ball go wide of its target.

And in the end it was an easy win for Workington as they continue to lead the way at the top of the league.