CHRIS Lightfoot will start rather than finish Saturday's vital UniBond League game at Gainsborough.

The player-boss is feeling stronger after his ankle problems and is ready to kick the habit of naming himself as a sub and start in attack.

'I've been going to the gym quite a bit and do feel a lot better,' he said.

''We are just a bit lightweight up front and I will be looking to start more games now.

'I am not sure who I am going to leave out but after Tuesday night, it could be any of them. If I can get through an hour or so, I've got to hope we can do the damage in that time. It is a massive game for us.'

The manager's introduction couldn't change the course of Tuesday's 3-0 defeat against Altrincham - the Linnets were already beaten with self-inflicted wounds.

'Those kind of mistakes have cost us all season, even when Liam had the job,' added the boss. 'Tony (Mc-Millan) has to hold his hand up for the first and third goals and a there was a few who could do so for the second. It was bad defending.

'We will just have to pick ourselves up and get something on Saturday.'

Runcorn play Liverpool on Tuesday (ko 7.45pm) in a Liverpool Senior Cup tie which has been switched to Halton Stadium. This could mean a delayed debut for ex-Port Vale defender Craig Mitchell.

Lightfoot said: 'Craig has just been unlucky - he hasn't been getting in because Dom (Morley) and Mike (Garrity) have been doing well.

'We will be out to win the game no matter what team I put out.

'But would people would rather us win the Liverpool Senior Cup or finish in the top-13?

'I know what I would rather do and that is the latter to qualify for Conference North.'