Workington Reds enjoyed a winning return to action after nearly a fortnight without a game.

Gretna 2008 had taken on the friendly at short notice and, after taking an early lead, went down 3-1.

Workington joint-boss Lee Andrews said: “I was pleased with how it went considering we hadn’t played for a fortnight.

“It probably affected the way we started but, once we settled into the game, I thought we controlled the ball well and passed it around nicely.

“I was very pleased with the way we finished the game too, because it showed our fitness levels were good as well.

“Three of the lads were unavailable for this one but we were grateful to Gretna for taking the game at short notice.

“We go to Kendal on Saturday and, unfortunately, there will be some absentees again.

“But, for the last two games against Penrith and Clitheroe, we should be at full-strength.”

Jamie Mellon, from south Cumbria, made a sound home debut at left-back and looked tidy and comfortable on the ball.

“Jamie has come to us on trial and shows the qualities you would expect from a player who has been with Everton Academy,” said Andrews.

“He has done well in pre-season and we will be sitting down to talk to him shortly.”