Grimsby Town aim to banish 'new boys blues' against Woking
GRIMSBY Town have not yet beaten any of last season's promoted teams – but they'll be aiming to put that right when they take on Woking tomorrow (3pm).
So far, the Mariners have played three of the four sides that were promoted to the Blue Square Bet Premier last campaign.
After drawing with Nuneaton earlier in the season, the defeat to Hyde in midweek, coupled with last month's home loss to Dartford, means that Town have not yet beaten any of the league's new boys.
But, still smarting from Tuesday night's result in Lancashire, joint boss Paul Hurst said that the Town squad is eager change that, starting against the Surrey outfit tomorrow.
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"The teams that have come up are something of an unknown quantity this season. But that said, we have had them scouted and do know a lot of their players," he said.
"Of the three clubs that came up, Woking was the one that I felt would have the more successful season. Dartford are the ones who are up there at the minute, but I always felt, with the way that Woking came up, and the players that they have there, that they might always be dark horses in this league.
"They and the rest of the promoted sides do present a slightly different challenge but ultimately, as we always say, it's all about concentrating on what we do and how we perform.
Hurst wants a big improvement on Tuesday night's 3-2 defeat at Hyde.
He continued: "Quite rightly, there are high expectations at this football club anyway, but the start we've had has raised that even higher.
"So when things don't go our way, like on Tuesday night, the disappointment is increased because of the standards that we've set.
"Tomorrow we want to see a positive response. We have dropped in terms of performance levels of late and, while that will happen over the course of the season, it's just not good enough.
"We need to want the ball more and work harder – we must play at a tempo and take the game to Woking".
"If we do those things, then we feel that we will have turned a corner and be on the way to getting back to those winning ways that we all want."