THE Mintcakes were unfortunately hit with a fourth consecutive league defeat following their encounter with Workington Reds.

Kendal Town lost 3-1 to the Reds in the Cumbrian Derby at Parkside Road.

The Mintcakes who are now ten points adrift from safety and seven behind the Relegation playoff position gave their all against the visitors who are now five points behind league leaders Marine.

Despite Kendal’s best efforts Workington’s quality proved too much for David Woodruffs team in a game which was watched on by a huge crowd of 705.

Kendal made a stunning start after just 65 seconds when Scott Mc Donald scored after capitalising on a mistake in the Workington defence.

Workington responded instantly and equalised four minutes later after a corner into the penalty area by Connor Tinnion was headed into the net by Kyle Harrison.

The visitors enjoyed most of the possession but struggled to find the quality needed from the final ball, however Connor Tinnion almost got into the penalty area after a defensive mix up before James McCleneghan in the Kendal goal made a brave block as the scores remained level.

Kendal created the best chance of the first half after Fleetwood loanee Akiel Raffie tried his luck from 30 yards with Danny Eccles off his line however the ball went over the top.

Workington upped the tempo at the start of the second half and went 2-1 up after 58 minutes when Steven Rigg got onto the end of a low cross into the box before his shot deflected into the bottom corner.

The visitors dominated and created more opportunities most notably from Connor Gaul who fired his effort wide of the near post.

Workington sealed the win on 66 minutes when a ball in from the right by Kyle Harrison was headed into the net by Steven Rigg who scored his second of the afternoon.

Kendal nearly got back into the game late on after Chris Wraightes ball into the penalty area was blazed over the bar by Gary Basterfield.

Workington though saw out the remainder of the game as they ran out worthy winners while Kendal travel to Colne on New Year’s Day as they look to get some points on the board.

After the game interim manager David Woodruff gave his thoughts to Radio Cumbria: “We gave it our all but came up short at the end against a quality team, and after going 1-0 up we conceded a poor goal from a corner.

"However, moving forward, we don’t want to make too many more changes to the team, we want to work with what we have as the team lacks a pattern of play at this moment.

"It is down to us to turn things round as we get ready for Colne away on New Year’s Day”