Workington Reds boss Danny Grainger will keep on giving talented forward Millenic Alli the freedom to express himself as he looks to harness his creativity in the NPL North West Division title race.

This afternoon Reds are set to entertain Mossley at Borough Park – provided the weather does not get the better of them – and one player fans will be excited to see more of is on-loan South Shields talent Alli, who has started the last two games and given supporters a glimpse of what he is capable of.

"I think that's two games now he's got under his belt and he'll be a big asset for us between now and the end of the season," Grainger said.

"We've got to keep on being positive with him and make sure he knows that he has got the freedom to go out there and express himself.

"He is one of those players who will try things and, if they don't come off, might frustrate you but equally when they do come off he can make the difference in games."

Another new signing who has found himself getting game time is Cole Lonsdale, who has come into the side at left back at the expense of promising youngster Liam Brockbank.

While Brockbank has earned rave reviews from Grainger since signing for the club after leaving Carlisle United's academy last summer, the Reds boss felt a spell out of the side to take stock would be worthwhile.

"I think he needed a rest," Grainger said."It's been a big season for Brock.

"Him and Ceiran Casson, after six months in the first team they look like they've played professional football for a long time.

"They have both really impressed me after coming in from Carlisle.

"The pair of them have been fantastic."

Both made enough of an impression to earn new contracts with the club in December and, with Jim Atkinson also putting pen to paper on a new deal recently, Grainger admitted he has one eye on the future.

He added: "We're in the process of talking to other players to see if we can tie them down for next season and that will be an ongoing thing."

Today's game (3pm kick-off) presents another opportunity for Workington to put pressure on league-leaders Ramsbottom United and Grainger will be approaching the game with the view that taking three points is all that matters.

"It's important that we keep doing that," he said.

"At the business end of the season it's about the results rather than making sure we implement our style.

"I'm not saying we're going to rip everything up but if we have to mix it up a bit we will do."