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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Workington Reds boss calls for Christmas cheer

Workington's 4-1 win at Stalybridge has set up a Christmas cracker against league leaders Chester at Borough Park on Saturday.

Darren Edmondson photo
Darren Edmondson

Chester, who lead Blue Square North by nine points, have won 17 of their 19 games with only a draw and one defeat to blot their record.

Reds boss Darren Edmondson has seen his side bounce back from a 6-1 home defeat by Bradford to register successive away wins at Gloucester and Stalybridge, to put them just three points off the play-offs.

“I think we are all looking forward to Saturday. Chester have set the pace at the top and are going to be a very touch hurdle to overcome.

“But the players have responded well after that heavy home defeat. We knew that wasn’t us, we were a lot better than that and the two away wins have shown what we are capable of.

“Chester bring excellent support with them and we need our own fans to get behind us and provide strong vocal backing. It’s a Christmas fixture and I’m sure it’s going to be a great atmosphere and I hope we can rise to the occasion,” said Edmondson.

Edmondson and his assistant Tony Elliott were hit by late cry-offs for the game at Bower Fold on Saturday, and could only field four substitutes – one of them, second goalkeeper Stuart Dixon.

Jonny Wright and Newcastle loanee Jonathan Hooper were both down with a sickness bug while Phil McCluckie had work commitments.

“With all the problems we’d had over putting a squad together, to go there and play as we did, winning comfortably, was very satisfying,” said Edmondson.

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