Workington Reds went in at the break one goal down to Nantwich Town after three goals in an 11-minute spell.

Reds recovered from a quick Nantwich goal to equalise but a dubious penalty decision shortly after saw them go a goal down yet again and despite their best efforts they could not equalise before half time.

Nantwich picked up some early pace and James Lawrie put in a thunderous shot from the edge of the box but it went wide of Aaran Taylor's goalpost.

And moments later they had the lead as they broke again and Sean Cooke put a great cross in, which Callum Saunders nodded down and Daniel Glover put the ball into the back of the net almost unopposed.

But their lead was shortlived as Workington struck right back, much to the delight of the home crowd. Just a minute later Jason Walker found himself with just the keeper to beat and he lofted it over his head and into the goal.

Reds could have took the lead just moments later when a shot from Garry Thompson was knocked away by the keeper and then desperately cleared out for a corner by the Nantwich defence.

The corner ball came in from Niall Cowperthwaite aiming for Matty Douglas, standing in space but his header went just over the bar.

Reds then gave away a soft penalty in the 19th minute as Gari Rowntree and and Jamie Morgan clashed in the box, both players went down and the ref pointed straight to the spot.

Sean Cooke stepped up to take it and made no mistake in putting it away to retake the lead.

Reds did not let their heads go down and when they got back into the danger area, Niall Cowperthwaite looked to take his chance. He took one touch and then shot but it went wide of the target.

And Jason Walker also saw his attempt at goal go wide of the target but they were ruffling some Nantwich feathers at the back.

Matty Douglas was called in to make a crucial clearance as a long ball looked to find Saunders but Douglas managed to trap the ball and turn to get it away.

Reds got another chance when Jason Walker was brought down and Conor Tinnion stood over the free kick. He launched it into the area and Josh Calvert got his head to it but the flag was up for offside.

But, coming up to half time Sam Smith gave away a free kick on the edge of the are, after bringing down Saunders. However, luckily for Reds Cooke put the chance wide of the target and the score stayed at 1-2.