Grimsby Town bosses to use 'free Saturday' to check out Conference title rivals
GRIMSBY TOWN joint bosses Paul Hurst and Rob Scott will take the opportunity to see their Conference title rivals in the flesh tomorrow.
With the Mariners in action at Macclesfield this evening, the duo could be forgiven for wanting to enjoy their rare ‘free Saturday’.
But instead, the pair will be in the stands to watch games involving the club’s closest contenders for the title, as they prepare their squad for the hectic run-in.
Scott will travel to Aggborough to watch Kidderminster’s clash with Ebbsfleet, while Forest Green will come under Hurst’s watchful gaze at Cambridge United.
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Town are set to face both Harriers and Rovers next week, and Hurst believes tomorrow’s scouting mission will prove valuable.
He told the Telegraph: “Playing tonight means that we can use tomorrow to have a look around at the rest of the league.
“The Macclesfield game is the start of a real tough run of games for us. If we can get any information on our rivals to help us then we will.
“So I’m going to watch Forest Green Rovers against Cambridge and Rob is going to watch the Kidderminster game.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to have a look at our rivals.
“You get reports on teams but it’s better to see them for yourselves, so myself and Rob will take the opportunity to do that tomorrow.
“Not having a game gives us the chance to do our homework and see if we can gain any advantage for when we come up against them.”
The Mariners have the chance to go back to the top – if only briefly – with victory at Moss Rose tonight.
And with a clutch of teams all in with a chance of taking the title, Hurst is under no illusions as to just how tight it is at the top.
He continued: “It’s looking like it’s going to go right down to the wire this season. It’s about making sure that it involves us.
“Certainly there’s five teams that will think they can win it.
“Forest Green still might feel like they can as well, and then you’ve got the likes of Macclesfield and Luton who might feel they can force their way back in – it is that tight.”
“I don’t see anyone putting a run together and really pulling away at the top.
“I know Mansfield and Kidderminster have done well to catch up but we can still go ahead Kidderminster quite easily with a win.
“You’ve got to be on your game every week and not drop points,” he added, “But that said, we will all drop points at some stage.
“You do look at the other results, of course you do, but the main thing is to concentrate on yourselves – although it is nice when you get a bit of help along the way.
“We all do it and any manager who says that he doesn’t look at the results of their rivals is lying.
“I’ve fallen short of doing a prediction because you send yourself daft, but also because half of the time it will be wrong!
“It just is a case of concentrating on your own game, but I’m not going to say that you don’t have a look at other results afterwards.
“A result for us tonight could put a bit of pressure on our rivals but on the other hand, if we don’t get the result we want, they might feel it gives them a boost going into their games tomorrow.
“It all depends on what we do.”