Chance of big FA Cup tie sparks up Grimsby Town ahead of Kidderminster clash
PAUL Hurst wants to ensure Grimsby Town's fans can 'get excited' about Sunday's FA Cup First Round draw.
The Mariners kick off their 2012/13 cup campaign with tomorrow's visit of Kidderminster Harriers (3pm) to Blundell Park.
And victory in the Fourth Qualifying Round clash could see Town pitted against big-hitters including Sheffield United, Coventry City or 2008 cup-winners Portsmouth in Sunday lunchtime's draw.
As attractive as that prospect is to Mariners fans, joint boss Hurst admits the financial shot in the arm is also appealing.
He said: "Most managers around would say the same – for a club at the level we're at it's a good chance to bring in some revenue.
"If you get to the First Round proper you might draw one of the big clubs from League One or League Two, and get a decent crowd.
"And if you can go even better and make it to the Third Round, who knows what that may bring.
"We're not going to win it, that's for sure! So the league is always going to be the number-one priority.
"But, that said, the FA Cup is this weekend, so all our attention and focus is on the Kidderminster game."
Victories on the road at Alfreton Town and AFC Telford have seen the Mariners rise to fourth in the Blue Square Bet Premier table prior to a weekend free of league action.
"It would be nice to keep that winning run going," added Hurst.
"We had a blip against Dartford, losing that game, and we responded really well with two victories after that.
"It's the first time we will have been back at Blundell Park since that defeat – it would be nice to reward the fans with a win and an opportunity to look forward to the draw on Sunday.
"That's what everyone will get excited about if we do get through."
He continued: "I spoke in the Telegraph earlier this week about some of my own FA Cup experiences and lots of players will have had even more joy in the cup than what I've had.
"For some of these players it could potentially be a chance to go and play against a team at the highest level they've come up against.
"So it's a competition we want to progress in, I don't want anyone to think otherwise."