Grimsby Town striker Liam Hearn 'gutted' to miss Lincolnshire Senior Cup semi-final
LAST year's Lincolnshire Senior Cup hero Liam Hearn is dreaming of a repeat of that success this time round.
However, the frustrated 26-year-old will be forced to watch tonight's semi-final against Scunthorpe (7pm) from the sidelines after being ruled out with a troublesome Achilles injury.
The striker scored a dramatic last-minute winner to steer Grimsby Town to a thrilling 4-3 victory over fierce rivals Lincoln City in last year's final.
The Imps await in the final of this season's competition, but in order to set up another mouthwatering derby, the Mariners must first get past the League One outfit at Glanford Park this evening.
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Despite his injury heartache, Hearn has vowed to cheer on his team-mates in the hope that he can play some part in this year's final.
Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: "I'll not be playing tonight but I'll be travelling with the lads for the game and cheering them on.
"Obviously I'm gutted that I'm not going to be involved.
"I'm struggling with my calf and Achilles and it's really frustrating at the minute.
"But I'll be involved with the squad both before and after the game so I won't be totally out of it.
"It will be another tough game, but hopefully, we can a result tonight, get through to Lincoln and give the fans a great game to look forward to in the final.
"There are a few who say that we shouldn't be taking this competition too seriously, but speaking to the lads and the gaffers, it's something that we want to win.
"Obviously I was hoping to play in it tonight, but if we can get a result, then hopefully I can be back for the final."
Reflecting on last year's success in which he helped the Mariners to lift the Lincolnshire Senior Cup for the first time in 11 years, Hearn added: "Last year's game against Lincoln was amazing. It was a great feeling to score the winner and see how much it meant to the fans to beat them and win the cup.
"I think that this year, if we can get through to the final and win it again then it will give the lads a big boost and hopefully we can take that into the start of the season.
"Obviously, first and foremost it's about getting past Scunthorpe which isn't going to be easy."
See tomorrow's Telegraph for a full report and reaction from Grimsby Town's Lincolnshire Senior Cup semi-final clash against Scunthorpe United.