ONWARDS and upwards is the battle cry from Alvin McDonald.
Having steered revitalised Runcorn into ninth place in Nationwide North on the back of a five-game un-beaten league run, the manager warns his side must be at their best at Harrogate Town this Saturday.
However, the boss says the Linnets will be doing their utmost to break their hosts' re-cord of eight games without defeat at Wetherby Road.
The Linnets drew 0-0 with the big-spending Yorkshire club in McDonald's first home game and might have taken three points.
But McDonald said: 'Harrogate are a Jekyll and Hyde side. They are certainly a strong team at home where their record is won six and drawn two out of eight.
'But we are playing really confidently and we can go there expecting to get something.
'A draw wouldn't be a bad result but we will be going there to win.'
It will be the sixth away game in eight outings for Runcorn under McDonald - and on Tuesday the Linnets travel to Barrow for the second round of the National Conference Cup (formerly Carthium Cup).
The winners will entertain Carlisle United.
McDonald said: 'Since I have been at the club, we have moved up six or seven places.
'No-one's mentioning us and we are just going ahead in our own little way.
'If you look at the teams we have played - Harrogate, Kettering, Worksop and Hinckley - it isn't as if we have been playing the poorer sides.
'We have a great dressing room and it was a great coach journey home on Saturday.
'The music was blaring out and we were all having a sing-song. I looked around the coach and thought to myself, 'there's nothing wrong here'.
'We are only three points off second place which is unbelievable.
'We have got to be positive but we are also trying to get a bit of a gap between us and the bottom four or five which will take away that element of looking over your shoulder.'
Defenders John Robertson and David Ness are likely to shrug off ankle injuries to take their places in what should be an unchanged squad, although some injured players are improving.
Meanwhile, McDonald has paid tribute to ex-General Chemicals defender Robbie Moore.
He said: 'Robbie has been outstanding. The way he has played, he is really the first name on the sheet.'
The club is again designating the home game against Southport - on Tuesday, December 7 - the Grand One.
The target is to attract 1,000 spectators and an extra £1,000 sponsorship.
For £25 companies will receive two free stand tickets, worth £16, plus a match-day directory advert and entry to a raffle. The winner of the draw will receive a £240 hospitality package, including a three-course meal for eight.
Twenty sponsors have signed up - contact director Hedley Edwards, on 01928 575529.