Workington Reds manager Danny Grainger believes versatile signing Cole Lonsdale will make an impact for his side in the title race once he gets up to speed.

The former Bolton Wanderers youth prospect was introduced from the bench for his home debut against Marske United on Saturday after getting his first minutes under his belt at Colne the previous weekend.

Grainger was happy to give the wide player an opportunity to get used to Reds’ playing style and expects there to be more to come once he settles in, providing competition in the wide positions and adding more trickery and flair to the squad.

“Yeah, he was good,” Grainger said.

“He’s going to take a little bit of time to get up to the way we play and the tempo that we want him to play at.

“I think with each game he will get better and better, fitter and fitter and he’ll be a very good asset for us between now and the end of the season.”

The league leaders travel to the NPL North West Division's second-placed side, Ramsbottom United, on Saturday.

Meanwhile, one of the four Cumberland Cup semi-final places has been filled after Cleator Moor Celtic won 3-2 at home to Carlisle City after extra time.

The other three semi-final places are set to be decided when Reds play their quarter-final tie against Keswick at Borough Park on Tuesday (7.45pm ko), Workington Athletic host Kirkoswald on February 15 and Penrith welcome League Two side Carlisle United on February 19.