Grimsby Town favourites to win FA Trophy
GRIMSBY Town are favourites to win this season's FA Trophy, heading into their First Round clash.
The Mariners enter the competition this afternoon when they entertain Northern Premier League side Buxton at Blundell Park.
And Town's position at the top of the Conference has led the bookies to install Rob Scott and Paul Hurst's men as the 7/1 favourites to claim Wembley glory in March.
Gathered behind them in the betting – from league sponsors Blue Square Bet – are the usual suspects, with Mansfield (8/1), Luton (9/1), Wrexham and Forest Green (both 10/1) also fancied.
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Joint boss Hurst thinks that the bookies have it just about right.
"It's a big carrot for us in terms of where the final is and we have to be one of the favourites going into the competition," he told the Telegraph.
"So it would be foolish not to try to make the most of that chance and look to win the whole thing.
"Like any normal game, we have prepared correctly for the Buxton match.
"Over the course of the game we should be fitter than them and that can play a part.
"But we need to pass the ball well and not dwell on it. That will invite pressure if we do it – we have to be ready and be right."
As reported, the Town managers watched the Bucks in action earlier this week and know what to expect Martin McIntosh's men.
"It will be interesting to see how they come and approach the game because they played two different formations on Tuesday," Hurst added.
"Whether they decide to sit back and try to soak up a bit of pressure and hit us on the break, or whether they come to have a go, we don't know.
"Hopefully we can impose our style on it and put them on the back foot.
"Buxton broke well the other night – they pressed the opposition and then looked to break from there.
"They brought on Mark Reed who I fully expect to start against us, he's a prolific scorer for them.
"Michael Towey, who came on in midfield, gets forward well and gets goals. He's a big lad and a real threat from crosses and set plays.
"As is Marc Roberts, the centre-back, who is the target for most things they put into the box. He's also got a long throw which thankfully he can't get on the end of as well!
"They've got some good players and we say that genuinely because we've got Nathan Pond, Ross Hannah and Shaun Pearson who have all played at that level, and not that long ago.
"We've seen how they've performed, so we have to give Buxton the utmost respect."