Midfield maestro Conor Tinnion is a slight doubt for Workington Reds ahead of tomorrow’s eagerly-awaited FA Trophy clash with Hartlepool.

The talented star has been laid low by an illness this week and unable to train.

But Reds’ co-manager Lee Andrews is hoping he makes a recovery in time to run out at Borough Park, kick-off 3pm.

He admitted losing in-form Tinnion, would be a huge blow for Reds.

“He has missed training through illness, so we are all just hoping he recovers in time for Saturday,” sad Andrews.

“He has been in good form. His delivery for the first two goals last weekend was brilliant.

“We all know what Conor can do and to be without him would be a massive loss for us.”

Andrews is hoping to keep virtually the same unchanged side that has helped them on their 13-match unbeaten run this term.

“We have gone 13 games unbeaten, so we are going into this match full of confidence,” he said.

“It’s hard for the lads who have not been playing but we always say ‘if the lads are playing well on a Saturday then they will keep their shirt’.

“With the recent run of form that we have had, it will probably be pretty much the same side we put out tomorrow.

“We have a whiteboard where I write the team each week and I haven’t had to change it since the Glossop game.”

But he was also full of praise for his players on the bench, who have been boosting the side each week when they get on the pitch.

He added: “These lads are coming on and affecting the game and I do feel for them.

“They come on and do well but they are still not getting a start because of how well the lads who are starting are playing.

“But this just shows we may have a small squad but we have a lot of quality there, and the lads sitting on that bench are raring to get on and influence the match.”