RUNCORN boss Steve Soley has dismissed talk of Good Friday's game at Stalybridge being a Nationwide North relegation battle.
Third-bottom Stalybridge are in the drop zone with Runcorn only a place higher. But Soley insists Runcorn will soon overtake teams above them while predicting Stalybridge, unbeaten in 10, won't go down either.
The Linnets player-manager says whatever happens at Bower Fold (ko 3pm) - the Linnets will not dwell on the result.
He said: 'Stalybridge are probably playing some of the best stuff in the league. But we will go there with a bit of confidence.'
Runcorn host Stafford Rangers at Prescot Cables on Monday (3pm) subject to final confirmation - check the club website and Liverpool Daily Post and Echo for further developments.
Wherever they play it is a weekend which could be crucial to survival.
But Soley said: 'You really can't dwell on the result. Youhavegot toplaythemall like cup finals. The teams above us aren't winning and are all getting dragged in.'
Even mid-table Worksop Town may join the relegation battle - they will be ducted 10 points if creditors accept a proposal for a voluntary arrangement.
Soley has, meanwhile, released goalkeeper Tony Mc-Millan and fellow contract players Mike Garrity and Tom Field.
Replacing the midfieldmen are Kendal Town's Mike Jack, 21, who has had a full season of Football League experience with Carlisle, and Widnes teenager Craig Heenighan, a former Blackpool School of Excellence player.
Soley yesterday signed striker Philip Brake from Runcorn Sunday League side Bridge Timber.