Starting on the front foot will be key to Workington Reds' chances in today's FA Trophy clash at Glossop North End, believes manager Danny Grainger.

Reds travel to Derbyshire looking to reach the first round proper of the trophy in today's match (kick-off 3pm) and, despite their opposition being handed a 5-0 hammering by Lincoln United last weekend, Grainger is not expecting it to be a game where they can take their foot off the gas.

Speaking to Reds' official website, Grainger said: "It’s very similar to the Pontefract game and I though we approached that very well, started on the front foot, got their early goal and gave ourselves a really good platform to build on.

“We need to do the same on Saturday against another team a little bit low on confidence.

“Because if we don’t start properly, they’ve got the potential to cause us damage us and knock us out.”

Reds reached the third round qualifying of the trophy last season, earning a home draw against Farsley Celtic which ended with an agonising 1-0 defeat despite a strong performance.

This year Grainger and his players are hoping to progress further into the competition and secure a mouthwatering home draw against a side from a higher division to reward their fans.

They will have to attempt to reach the next round with at least one player as Grainger confirmed he will be shuffling his squad around for the trip.

“We’re definitely missing one which is a real disappointment but it’s something we have to deal with,” he said.

“There’s two that are touch and go so I don’t know if they’ll be able to start yet.

“That’s what the squad’s for.

“They have to step up now because we can’t just rely on the same people week in, week out.

“The injuries at the start of the season showed that when we carried on our fine form from last season with some players unavailable.”

Reds' last outing in the trophy saw them trounce Pontefract 4-1 with a brace from Charlie Bowman and other goals from Brad Hubbold and Dan Wordsworth.

They return to league action at home to Marske United next Saturday, when they will be looking to record what would be their sixth league win in a row.