Title-chasers are next on Mariners bosses' hit list
WREXHAM are next on the list for Paul Hurst and Rob Scott as they bid to rid Grimsby Town of another unwanted record.
The Mariners have not yet beaten the Dragons under the joint bosses' stewardship and Hurst said that it's about time that record changed tonight.
The duo have already exorcised the Mariners' Tamworth and Braintree hoodoos during their time at Blundell Park, and have now set their sights on getting the Wrexham monkey off their back.
Hurst, below right, said: "Tonight against Wrexham is a big test for us – there's no doubt about it.
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"Wrexham are an experienced side that, under our management, we haven't beaten as yet and we feel that it's time that record changed.
"We've put quite a few unwanted records to bed, like Tamworth and Braintree, so Wrexham is another one on our list.
"Ultimately, it's not a massive thing, but as managers, we like to tick things like that off the list and get them out of the way," he added.
Hurst is predicting a tight game at Blundell Park as his second-placed side take on the team directly below them in the table.
But he's the first to admit that he said the exactly same thing before the Mariners' 4-1 hammering of Luton Town this season.
"We were vying with Wrexham for the best defensive record in the league earlier in the season. We've kept that going a bit better than they have, but they're still not shipping goals.
"It will be tight tonight and if I were a betting man, I wouldn't be putting my money on lots of goals!
"But I said that before the Luton game and we went and won 4-1 so what do I know?!
"But in all seriousness, Wrexham are the bookies favourites for a reason and they've had a squad that's been together for a while and gone close for the last couple of seasons.
"They've certainly proved that they're one of the best teams in this league and it will be tough for us.
"We'll be halfway through the season after tonight's game and it's a great opportunity to start the second half of the year off well. We certainly want to put on a show."
Left-back Aswad Thomas, above, is set to return for Town after recovering from a sore Achilles.
Midfielder Frankie Artus is also in contention for a recall following a hernia op, but Joe Colbeck sits out a one-game suspension.