Reds manager Danny Grainger says he is "very pleased" after his team put on a strong display against a professional side five divisions above them.

Workington AFC gave a ‘spirited and brave’ performance against EFL League Two Lancastrian opponents Morecambe FC on Tuesday night, in a pre-season friendly at the Mazuma Stadium.

In an evenly-matched contest, the Northern Premier League outfit dominated for long periods and were only edged out by a 54-minute strike by Morecambe’s Cole Stockton.

Amazingly the part-timers had only finished work a few hours before the game.

The match gave Grainger the chance to give players from the 18-man squad a run out - and only one Morecambe player completed the full 90 minutes.

Reds have been involved in a number of gruelling training sessions to get them in tip-top condition for the start of the season next month.

Grainger said: “I'm very proud, obviously. In the first half we dominated passing and created two or three opportunities.

“In the second half things changed, but I still felt we were enough of a match - they are five divisions above us.

“I know what the lads are capable of and I need them to be fit. It was a case of making sure everyone got minutes on the pitch.

“The first game of the season is in the FA cup on September 12 - there’s no point being at our peak now, but we are heading in the right direction. They were a full-time professional team and our lads are part-time.

“Fitness levels are a big priority for us and we are not worried by anyone.

“We’re looking forward to Cleator Moor and Lancaster City back at Borough Park next week.”

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