FOOTBALL: Runcorn Linnets' boss Steve Carragher has shown his determination to chase down NWC League Division Two leaders Winsford United - with two signings.
Experienced defender Brian Holmes, 27, joins from Skelmersdale where the other newcomer, 23-year-old Steve Dee also played before switching to Runcorn Town this season.
Dee is essentially a wideman but can also play up as a striker.
Carragher said: 'I have played against Steve a few times and I think he will do really well for us.
'Brian is a right full-back but can play anywhere across the back. It is something we have looked at for a while and recent events have made our minds up.'
Ricky Newell looks to have played his last game for Linnets and could join Atherton LR, while assistant player-boss Mark Phillips is hampered by a hamstring/hip problem.
By the time Linnets next play, at home to Blackpool Mechanics on Saturday, March 3, Phillips could be the only injury worry with Carragher optimistic of a return for Colin Flood and Michael Young.
Despite Winsford being held to a weekend draw and Linnets winning, second-placed Runcorn are still three points behind having played three games more, with Carragher's side still to visit Winsford.
He insisted: 'We won't settle for second until it is mathematically impossible to catch them. If you do that you could fall flat on your face.'