A pair of new faces are in contention for Workington Reds’ squad to face Mickleover Sports today.

Dean Brotherston trained twice with his new colleagues this week and is expected to be at least on the bench for this afternoon’s match (3pm kick-off) after his international clearance came through from the FA.

And there could be another surprise face for Reds as veteran Garry Thompson has agreed to sign for the club following his release from League Two side Morecambe.

Thompson, who lists Morecambe, Scunthorpe United, Bradford City, Notts County and Wycombe Wanderers as his former clubs in a distinguished career, was introduced to team mates at Thursday’s training session.

Subject to registration paperwork being completed, he could be included in the squad.

Dan Wordsworth also returns after missing out for the last couple of weeks through suspension, leaving manager Lee Andrews with a welcome selection headache.

With Reds battling to get out of the relegation zone in the Northern Premier League, Andrews says his sights are firmly fixed on his own side.

And despite casting a quick glance over today's visitors to Borough Park, Mickleover Sports, Andrews is putting his faith in the Reds squad to pull them out of the mire.

"Without being disrespectful I said when I took over as manager I was not going to concentrate on the opposition," said Andrews, who side kick off at 3pm today.

"We are good enough as a group to go and dominate games, even against the better teams.

"Obviously I will do some research on their current form but I have to concentrate on our team and we are at home today so I need to make sure we are ready."

Andrews is confident that one of last weekend's goalscorers Sam Joel will be fit to play his part in today's game, despite suffering a slight niggle.

Joel missed training earlier in the week but Andrews says he expects him to play today.

"After getting his goal last weekend, Sam will be desperate to play again today so we hope he will be there," said Andrews.

"We put some pressure on the lads last weekend and told them the importance of that game and our home games to come.

"We can grind these results out and if we get a couple of results we will get more confidence and then we will see the return of the free flowing football we know we can provide."

Today's game starts a run of favourable fixtures for Reds, with four of their next five opponents in the bottom half of the division.