The News & Star say that Workington Reds’ runs in the two main knock-out competitions this season have been life-savers for a club floundering near the bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier League.

Reds have so far banked £12,250 from the FA Trophy with power to add, while another £15,000 was netted from the FA Cup run.

Without those extra incomes, the club admits it would have been in a perilous state, given that the average crowds have fallen to their lowest level in six years.

After nine home league games the average attendance is just 324 – around 200 less than the break-even figure which has not been achieved yet in an Evo-Stik fixture.

The only time that was reached came in the FA Cup tie when 558 watched the home tie with Kidsgrove Athletic which finished 0-0. Reds lost the replay 2-1 after extra-time.

When Reds were relegated from National North at the end of the 2013/14 season, the average attendance was 356. For the first time since then, it has fallen below that figure this season.

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