Boss Danny Grainger is thrilled to see goals coming from right across the pitch for his in-form Workington Reds side.

In Reds’ 5-1 success over Ramsbottom United, which saw them extend their lead at the top of BetVictor’s NPL North West Division table to four points last weekend, frontmen Scott Allison and Charlie Bowman were on target, while substitute Nathan Waterston also scored. But winger Dav Symington and midfielder Brad Carroll netted, too.

Workington’s thrashing of the Rams was the third time they had scored five or more goals in September.

And Grainger is thrilled with how his side is performing in front of goal.

He said: “I think, when you look at the scorers, only two or three players in the whole squad haven’t scored goals this season. For me, that’s a massive positive. You don’t want to have to [just] rely on strikers to score you goals.

“I think, if you look at the strikers that we have in the squad in Charlie Bowman, Scotty Allison and Nathan Waterston, with Dav Symington playing wide, they are 20 goals a season each in a good season.

“If you can then add 10 or 15 [goals] from midfield, then you are scoring a lot of goals.

"I would rather win 4-2 than 1-0. I like to see the lads score goals and the lads at the back are also working hard, with the way they are applying themselves.

“With the way we want to play football, it can be risky at times, but I think we are getting the rewards for it and starting to show our quality now.”

Ramsbottom’s goal at Borough Park came after a mistake in defence, which allowed Jamie Rother to score.

But, ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Marske United, Grainger said: “If you had offered me 5-1 before the game, I would have snapped your hand off. Everyone is going to make mistakes.

“Unfortunately, with the way we play, if you make mistakes in crucial areas, you get punished for it. Yes, you could say it [Ramsbottom’s goal] took a bit of a shine off it [Reds’ win], but not for me.”

Tonight, Reds’ youth team will play at Morpeth in the FA Youth Cup (7.45pm kick-off).