'Our league campaign is not taking a back seat', says Grimsby Town joint boss Rob Scott
"IF we win the FA Trophy I'll enjoy it for about five minutes – then I'll be thinking about Tuesday at Gateshead."
For Grimsby Town, the Conference promotion battle resumes little more than 48 hours after tomorrow's Wembley final against Wrexham.
Rob Scott and Paul Hurst's men will have little time for any celebrations, as they pack up their kit and – perhaps – silverware, and head north to Hartlepool for the resumption of their campaign.
That clash against Gateshead kicks off a hectic run-in, which sees the final nine matches of the season played in little more than four weeks.
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After four consecutive league defeats, Scott admits he is itching to get back in Blue Square Bet Premier action and confirm his fifth-placed side's spot in the end of season play-offs.
He explained: "I know that no one else is looking forward to Tuesday because of this big thing that's happening tomorrow.
"But if we win the FA Trophy I'll enjoy it for about five minutes – then I'll be thinking about Tuesday.
"That's how it works as a manager – every win lasts for five minutes, every loss lasts for a week. That's exactly how it is and any manager will tell you the same.
"It's great (being in the final) and I whole-heartedly mean that, but as managers you're focusing on one thing and one thing only, and that's your squad.
"Hopefully we'll get the win. Hopefully we'll get through the win with no injuries, and we'll move on to Tuesday."
Successive defeats to Kidderminster, Mansfield, Cambridge and Nuneaton have virtually extinguished the Mariners' automatic promotion hopes.
However, as well as the chance to win a trophy and give Town's fans something to celebrate, Scott believes victory at Wembley can restore belief within his squad.
"I think the last ten days have been a bit of a nightmare for everybody," he explained. "The supporters will be asking questions and we're asking questions within the camp.
"Up until the Kidderminster game, we were flying high in confidence. And it just shows that in this game confidence can be knocked out of you a hell of a lot quicker than it can take to grow.
"We need to get back to believing in ourselves, because we've got some good players here. We've got some good attitudes within the football club and they're a bunch of good lads.
"I'm pleased that they've got to Wembley and I now want them to go and really show what they're capable of.
"Victory tomorrow will certainly go a long way to giving us a shot in the arm."