A youthful Workington Reds moved into the next round of the Integro League Cup tie after putting six of the best past Kendal Town.

Nathan Waterston bagged a hat-trick with Gari Rowntree, Luke Ivison and Kieran Maguire also finding the back of the net in the 6-1 victory.

There were some good performances across the park with Kieran Maguire on-form and two young 16-year-olds Aidan Howarth and Harry Atkinson stepping up to the plate.

Manager Danny Grainger pulled his boots back on for the clash and along with Gari Rowntree provided the experience for the night.

The match began with an early shot from Nathan Waterston which struck a defender and went out for the first corner of the game which was eventually cleared by the visitors.

But Reds kept coming and were showing their intent from the off, Waterston tussling with former Reds youngster Leo Holliday down the right flank.

And they tasted success just inside the sixth minute as Danny Grainger turned in a corner and Gari Rowntree rose to head it home.

That lead was shortlived though as Michael Hodgson showed his pace for Kendal down the left, he beat his man and then shot home, with the ball getting past Lewis Casson in the nets and taking a deflection off the post into the back of the net.

Reds had much of the possession but in the next 10 minutes all hey had to show was a Kieran Maguire effort that went right into the arms of Murray O'Rourke and a Robbie Hebson cross that went right across the face of the goal but found nobody on the end.

Good work from Matty Clarke down the left earned Reds a corner which Kendal scrambled to clear at the expense of a second but the second was booted away by the visiting defence.

Maguire tried his luck from distance but it sailed just over the crossbar to the disappointment of the home faithful.

Aidan Howarth showed plenty of composure for a youngster under pressure in defence to clear his lines while Reds continued to press forward.

The best chance for Reds to go back in front came after a Grainger ball into Maguire saw him shoot with pace, the ball just going the wrong side of the post.

Workington got their advantage back in the 36th minute after good work from Clarke to beat his man again, he came inside and slotted the ball into the path of Ivison who powered the ball home past the keeper to make it 2-1.

Maguire was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet as he turned and shot but again it was just to the left of the post.

But Reds did go in at the break with a 3-1 lead as a nice through ball from Grainger found Nathan Waterston. He calmly took on the keeper and slotted it past him.

He nearly got a second just moments later as he found himself in space again but this time his shot went over the bar as he was closed down and the whistle sounded for half time.

Into the second half and Howarth tracked back well to block a good cross from Kendal sub Joshua Green but Reds were soon back in attacking vein.

Grainger tried to play a nice little ball into the path of Waterston but he just couldn't get the finish and it trickled into the arms of the keeper without troubling him.

It was Charlie Bowman that created the next goal for Reds with a great ball in for Waterston who finished well with a cracking volley for 4-1.

Waterston headed a a trio of Reds players chasing down a loose ball but his shot just came back off the post to deny him his hat-trick on the 60-minute mark.

A corner ball from Grainger was met by the head of Harry Atkinson and the keeper had to tip the ball over the bar to deny the youngster as Reds refused to sit back on their three goal lead.

Maguire got the goal he deserved in the 67th minute. Grainger put the ball into the area, it was cleared but only as far as Maguire and he made no mistake, striking first time as it rocketed into the back of the net.

A great reflex save from O'Rourke saved Kendal minutes later as Bowman met a Rowntree cross looking to add his name to the scoring tally but this time he was denied.

Grainger's through ball looking for Robbie Hebson was closed down at the last second at the expense of a corner. As that was cleared it came out to Maguire whose shot cleared the crossbar.

Waterston got his hat-trick with just a couple of minutes left on the clock, as he got on the end of a Hebson cross to lay the ball past the keeper for 6-1 and comfortable passage into the next round.