DESPITE the encouragement of a first away point of the season at Droylsden on Saturday, Kendal Town knew Tuesdays' trip to league leaders Workington would be a tougher test.

And so it proved as the Mintcakes slumped to a 5-0 defeat which increases the importance of Saturday's visit of fellow BetVictor League strugglers Pickering Town.

It may be far too early in the campaign to talk of a relegation six pointer, but Town know they desperately need to get something out of the game if they are to offer their supporters hope that they can climb the table and dispel fears of a long winter of struggle.

Tuesday’s defeat leaves the Mintcakes bottom of the table, but the scoreline disguises the fact that for periods early in the game they belied their lowly position and gave their Cumbrian rival plenty to think about.

And they also deserve credit for battling back after Dave Symington's powerful low drive had given the Reds the lead after just four minutes.

Joseph Dickson missed a golden chance to level it when he inexplicably fire high and wide with the goal at his mercy after loan man Emil Jaaskelainen's lofted cross found him eight yards out.

Town continued to press and after Michael Hodgson's pace and direct running earned them a corner in the 19th minute, Dickson whipped the ball over but captain for the night Patrick Allington could only direct his diving header wide.

And they were made to pay five minutes before the break when Brad Hubbold slotted home.

The hosts pushed on in the second half when former Kendal Town striker Charlie Bowman nodded home and further goals from Gari Rowntree and Symington rounded off an ultimately dominant performance.

The defeat was difficult to take after the optimism sparked by Saturday's 2-2 draw at high flying Droylsden.

Jaaskelainen's early penalty had put them ahead and though Daniel Wilkins headed a leveller just before the break, Jaaskelainen put Town back in front in brilliant style.

The Finn picked up possession deep in his own half and ran the full length of the pitch before placing the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

The home side equalised for a second time through Jamie Frost but were denied a winner by a spectacular save from Kendal shot stopper Morgan Bacon.

But Town held out for a well earned point and they will need ,ore of that girt and determination when they host Pickering before a return trip to Workington next Tuesday in the Integro League Cup.

Town's reserve team continued their impressive start with a 4-0 win against Workington Reserves in a Lancashire Cup group game at the ST&B Accountants Stadium on Thursday.

The impressive Jaaskelainen's spot kick put them ahead and Aidan Pearson's memorable second half treble, which came in true hat trick style with a left foot shot, a right footed strike and a header, rounded off a good night for Jay Rossi’s team.

The Reserves are scheduled to host Riasa Fusion tonight, kick off 7.45pm.