Workington Reds boss Danny Grainger believes the club should be excited to host promotion hopefuls Tadcaster Albion for a six-pointer at the right end of the league table tomorrow after the turmoil of the last campaign.

Reds are set to return to league action for the first time since their 2-2 draw at Marske United on October 5 when they welcome their promotion rivals to Borough Park (3pm kick-off).

Tadcaster sit third in the NPL North West Division table, two places, and four points behind league leaders Workington but with three games in hand.

“A game between two teams chasing the same goal is always going to be classed as a big one and with them having the games in hand on us it pumps it up even more,” Grainger said.

“We’re looking forward to it.

“These are the games you want to be involved with after there were some games last season that the club were involved with that they wouldn’t have wanted to be, needing points and wins to try to survive.

“I’m sure the fans are delighted with how the season has been going, the club’s happy and we’re excited.

“The players have been performing well on the training pitch and on the pitch in cup games which bodes well leading into a big game on Saturday.”

The former Carlisle United defender praised the backing he has received from the club’s passionate fanbase in his short time at the helm and believes it will be important again tomorrow to roar his team to three points.

“Your home record will always breed success or failure,” he said.

“If you win your home games you’re always going to be around the right end of the table and if it’s poor you’re fighting an uphill battle.

“The lads and fans have been great and they’ve seen a complete change in how we’ve played this season.

“I’m delighted with how they’ve got behind us.”

Grainger has received a report on Tadcaster from a trusted scout but is not reading too much into how they have played so far this season due to manager Curtis Woodhouse handing in his resignation at the start of last week.

He said: “I think they’ll be slightly different now they’ve changed managers.

“I don’t think we’ll be able to read too much into how they’ve played in the past.”

Grainger has a virtually fully-fit squad at his disposal, with only Brad Carroll unavailable for this weekend’s game.

Carroll’s injury has left the club frustrated, with what had seemed to be a simple knock turning into a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Reds have been boosted by the return of Sam Smith, who came back from injury to feature in the Cumberland Cup game against Windscale in midweek, while loanee Millenic Alli got his first minutes since arriving from South Shields.