Workington’s best win of the season was a welcome reaction to their midweek defeat at Clitheroe. But manager Danny Grainger had no doubts over his side responding against Ramsbottom, who had started the day in third place.

He said after the 5-1 home win: “Every time we’ve asked them for a reaction to a defeat they have done it and I had every confidence that would be the case again. I don’t doubt this group of players because I know what qualities we have there.

“I think we dominated the game from the start and controlled it right the way through. We could have had more goals but I’m satisfied in how they performed against a side who were among our closest rivals.

“I’ve said all along we need to be hard to beat at Borough Park and make sure we win as many games as possible at home. We still have that unbeaten tag in home games and we want that to continue throughout the season.”

The fact that Reds had five different scorers pleased Grainger with Brad Carroll, Scott Allison, Charlie Bowman, Dave Symington and Nathan Waterston all on target.

“It’s good that we are sharing goals around instead of having to reply on a couple of players,” he said.

Carroll had to come off after tweaking a calf but skipper Conor Tinnion, who has missed minutes recently with a couple of niggles played the whole match.

Sam Smith damaged his ankle at Clitheroe in the incident that saw him red-carded, but hopefully will be back in contention when he serves his suspension.

“We are virtually free of midweek games now so it’s Saturday to Saturday, which makes life a bit easier.

“There’ a big game in prospect on Saturday at Marske so we have time to rest and then prepare,” said Grainger.