Workington Reds’ potent frontline can fire the goals needed to help the club clinch promotion from the NPL North West Division this season, believes boss Danny Grainger.

Scott Allison helped Reds put Pontefract Collieries to the sword with a brace of well-taken goals on Monday, the first a deft header back across goal into the top far corner and the second a powerful low strike which squeezed under the diving goalkeeper.

Speaking after his side beat their visitors 2-1 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the league campaign, Grainger said that ruthless streak in front of goal is exactly what he expects from his “quality” attackers.

“That’s Scotty, his first goal is a great header and his second goal is an even better finish,” he said.

“Ash [Kelly] was unlucky with his and the keeper makes a great save; he made two or three decent saves to be fair to him.

“As I side to my strikers beforehand, it maybe takes a while to get off the mark but there’s no need to rush and panic and the goals will come, I’ve got no doubt about it.

“The quality that our front lads have got, they’ll score goals in this league without a shadow of a doubt.”

Grainger also singled out the two Kellys – Jay and Ash – for their contributions in the early stages of the season after both put in impressive displays to help grind out Monday’s win.

It was Jay who put the ball in for Allison’s opener and he was also involved in the build-up ahead of the forward’s second goal.

Ash drew a fine save out of Sebastian Malkowski in the Collieries’ goal and fed Dav Symington for a glorious chance in the first half which the winger couldn’t convert.

“Jay has been fantastic for a young lad, same as Liam Brockbank and Ceiran Casson, obviously they came out of Carlisle,” Grainger added.

“I thought Jay was years ahead of his maturity today.

“A lot of younger lads could have got involved in things that they didn’t need to get involved with today and they didn’t.

“Ash is a player that we think a lot of.

“He’s going to be limited with game time and things like that but again he’s happy to come in, he’s done fantastic today and he’ll make a big contribution to us being successful this year.”

Reds will be without experienced defender Gari Rowntree for Saturday’s trip to take on City of Liverpool, who lost 4-2 at Runcorn Linnets on Monday.

Rowntree will be serving a suspension after being sent off for two yellow cards against Trafford last week.

He is still expected to travel to the game and will take his seat in the stands to give the coaching staff a different perspective of the action.