It's a sight to delight Workington Reds fans - as well as supporters of his former club Carlisle United.

Jamie Devitt made his first appearance for six months as he was handed a Reds debut on Saturday.

The ex-Blues midfielder, who has joined Danny Grainger's side as a player-coach, was a 77th minute substitute in their FA Trophy third qualifying round against Hyde United.

It was 33-year-old Devitt's first outing since April, when he played for Carlisle against Salford City.

News and Star: Danny Grainger prepares to introduce Devitt in Saturday's second halfDanny Grainger prepares to introduce Devitt in Saturday's second half (Image: Gary McKeating)

Since then he has been working his way back from a serious hamstring injury, with the midfielder released by the Blues in the summer.

The popular Irish playmaker last week agreed to join Reds on a deal until the end of the season.

News and Star: Devitt in action at Borough ParkDevitt in action at Borough Park (Image: Gary McKeating)

It sees him reunited with his former Carlisle team-mate and captain Grainger.

Devitt replaced fellow ex-Blues man and Reds' goalscorer Steven Rigg in the closing stages of Saturday's game.

News and Star: Devitt made his debut after joining as player-coachDevitt made his debut after joining as player-coach (Image: Gary McKeating)

He was unable to inspire a late comeback as a much-changed Workington side went down to a 3-1 defeat.

Devitt will now target a league debut for Workington when they go to Warrington Rylands on Tuesday night.

Grainger's side went behind to a Jack Redshaw goal on Saturday before Rigg levelled on the brink of half-time. But second-half goals from Ryan White and Redshaw clinched the tie for Hyde.

News and Star: Devitt makes a run for Workington against HydeDevitt makes a run for Workington against Hyde (Image: Gary McKeating)

Grainger made a number of changes to his line-up, handing opportunities to a number of young players amid an injury-hit spell for his squad.

Workington have been in impressive form in the league, with Grainger's men sitting fifth in the Northern Premier League Premier Division after three straight wins.

Devitt, meanwhile, has been doing some scouting work for Carlisle during his injury lay-off, manager Paul Simpson revealed last week.

Simpson hopes Devitt will be able to continue helping the club when his Reds commitments allow.

Also on the non-league scene, meanwhile, there was an impressive win on the road for Penrith in Northern League Division One.

Darren Edmondson's side claimed a 3-1 win at Redcar Athletic thanks to goals from Luke Hunter (two) and Luke Brown to move up to 17th.

Carlisle City were out of action after their home clash with Guisborough Town fell victim to a waterlogged pitch. Jim Nichols' side are seventh.