Workington Reds boss Danny Grainger believes his league-leading side should head into tomorrow’s top-of-the-table clash with second-placed Ramsbottom United excited and confident.

Reds travel to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium (3pm kick-off) for one of their biggest games of the season looking to make it three wins in a row in the NPL North West Division.

And although this weekend’s result could have huge ramifications in the race for the title – with the potential for Workington to move four points clear of the chasing pack – Grainger believes the pressure is all on tomorrow’s hosts and his players can go to Greater Manchester with no weight on their shoulders.

That pressure told on Ramsbottom in midweek, when they could have leapfrogged Reds for the first time this season with a win at Dunston but instead stumbled to a 3-2 defeat on the road in a sign that nothing is guaranteed in the promotion battle.

Grainger said: “When you look at the results in the last few weeks, there have been some very strange ones when you compare where teams are in the table.

“Everyone is fighting for different things now and we know there are going to be ups and downs along the road but it probably puts the pressure on Ramsbottom this weekend, missing that opportunity to go ahead of us.

“That result was a fantastic one for us but we won’t read too much into it because it only counts for something if we do our jobs on Saturday.

“We won’t change our mindset – we want to win every game and we will be going down there for all three points.

“It’s a game we should be excited about and I’m definitely excited for it.”

A signing the Reds boss had hoped to get over the line in time for the unnamed player to feature tomorrow has not been completed but Grainger did not rule out it being tied up next week.

Reds will enjoy a change from league action with a Cumberland Cup quarter-final tie against Keswick at Borough Park on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).