We're not giving up our cup yet, says Grimsby Town joint boss Paul Hurst
THE opposition may kick off the Lincolnshire Senior Cup final with a team of youth players but Grimsby Town are going to Sincil Bank with just one thing on their mind – retaining their trophy.
Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth has hinted that he may use the match as an opportunity to blood some of his youngsters.
But that couldn't be further from the gameplan for Town bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst, who are determined to repeat last summer's triumph for three reasons.
Maintaining the Mariners' winning feeling is the priority, but the chance to get one over on their local rivals and bag some silverware in the process are also important factors for Town as they head down the A46.
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And Hurst confirmed that the joint-managers are taking tonight's clash very seriously.
He said: "I've heard that Lincoln are going to be playing a youth team or an under-21 squad, which I wasn't aware they had!
"In all honesty, though, I don't care what team they're going to put out.
"We're purely focusing on our players and trying to get what we want out of the game.
"Yes, at this point performances are important, but tonight there's a trophy at stake and we'd like to retain it after winning last season.
"We've got that winning mentality and tonight is a good, competitive game to test that."
The Mariners fans' reaction to last summer's 4-3 final victory at the same venue showed Hurst, Scott and their players exactly what beating the Imps means to the town.
Hurst added: "The lads who were here last year saw how important it is to the fans with the crowds that we got against them on Boxing Day and New Year's Day – but also when we won the Lincolnshire Cup there last season.
"There was a fantastic following from the Town fans and it was celebrated like it really meant something.
"I think Lincoln looked at us at that point and said 'it's only pre-season'.
"It's up to them how they treat it but we wanted to win as much as any game.
"It was a new group of players we had then, and we want the new guys this season to have that feeling of success.
"We going there tonight to win and that's it."