Workington are third favourites to win the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League title.

Reds and Nantwich Town are 10/1 to finish top of the league, with Altrincham and Stourbridge both 7/1 joint favourites.

Workington, who start the season on August 12 at home to Halesowen, will travel to Nantwich the following Saturday in an early test of their respective credentials.

Reds completed their home programme of friendlies last night with a 1-0 home win over local rivals Penrith, as Nathan Waterston headed the only goal after 16 minutes.

South Cumbrian Waterston earned praise from joint manager Lee Andrews for his goal.

“I was really pleased for him because he took it well and his efforts in pre-season have been excellent. He has committed himself to us after a very good cricket season, which is excellent news for us," Andrews said.

“We took him this time last year and we knew he wasn’t the finished article but he has worked hard and we have seen him improving all the time. I am sure he is going to make some big contributions this season.”

Andrews, and fellow joint boss Dave Hewson, have been particularly pleased with the fitness levels of the squad.

“Everyone has worked really hard in training and I think we are already seeing the benefits. I do think we will be one of the fittest teams in the league. It is something we have deliberately tried to impress on the players who have responded really well,” said Andrews.

It was a satisfying final home performance for Reds, who end their build-up on Saturday with a trip to Clitheroe.

“Sam Smith is not available for the game but Josh Calvert will be back as we put the final touches to our preparations. There is a concern over Sam Joel, who picked up a dead leg and came off but we expect him to be ready for Saturday,” said Andrews.