RUNCORN boss Chris Lightfoot is relishing the prospect of a good oldfashioned derby against Altrincham in the FA Trophy.
A repeat of last year's final between Burscough and Tamworth attracted most attention after Monday's third-round draw.
But the tie at Moss Lane on Saturday, January 10, also carries historical significance.
It will bring back memories of the 1986 final at Wembley - and before that, a two-legged semi in the 1970s. Both contests went Altrincham's way.
The tournament is much more financially rewarding this season.
Third-round winners will collect £4,000 - four times last term's amount.
Total prize money has risen almost three-fold from £225,0000 to £631,000.
And the winners will receive £50,000, compared with the £12,000 Burscough collected after their triumph at Villa Park, which will stage the final again on Sunday, May 23.
Lightfoot said: 'It's not a bad draw. It would have been better if it had been at home, but we seem to do better away. 'It is a nice pitch at Altrincham and there is no reason why we can't go there and get a result.
'We have both had some decent results without setting the world on fire and it has all the makings of a decent game.' Lightfoot felt his side deserved the 3-2 victory over Frickley, although he admitted to fearing his last-gasp winner would be disallowed.
He said: 'I was waiting for the whistle because I thought I had fouled the lad I went up for the header with. But it's about time we had a bit of luck.
'I heard the whispers at half-time. People weren't happy, but at the end of the game, the crowd were all behind us.
'I thought the first 25 minutes we dominated, but on scoring the goal, we seemed to ease off again.
'I was disappointed with the two goals we conceded - especially the second, which was another free header from a set piece. That is something we had been working on.
'But in the second half, we were totally on top and I would have been really disappointed at not getting a winner.'
Runcorn's next game is this Saturday at home to Worksop, ko 3pm.
And, with a small squad, Lightfoot will appreciate the interlude in midweek fixtures, giving players the chance to shake off knocks.
He said: 'We have had a few players carrying on with a little bit of an injury. Steve Carragher has had a sore foot and Ged Nolan has been playing with a thigh strain. But it is good they have been willing to do that to help me out.'
Nolan should be fit for Worksop after suffering a head injury. Strikers Kevin Leadbetter and Carl Rendell, who missed last weekend's tie through suspension and being cup-tied, are available.