Grimsby Town boss warns his side against complacency

PAUL Hurst, half of the management duo at Grimsby Town alongside Rob Scott, will issue a warning to his players to guard against complacency ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup showdown against Ashington CFC at Blundell Road.

Hurst said they accepted the Mariners are expected to win the fourth qualifying round tie.

“We will go into the game as strong favourites – being at home and playing in a higher league,” he said.

“However, at the same time we will give Ashington the respect they deserve and will also stress to our players not to fall into the trap of being complacent.

“We know Guiseley are a good side and that the Colliers beat them in the last round, so they must have a bit about them.”

Grimsby had a representative in the stand at Stokesley on Saturday as Ashington beat the STL Northern League basement side 7-0.

Hurst said: “We are waiting for an in depth report and run down on Ashington from our contact.

“We know they had a good 7-0 win and even though they were playing a side at the bottom of the league, no matter who the opposition are, you must have something going for you to record that kind of result.”

Like the Wansbeck side, the Mariners have no one ruled out through suspension for Saturday’s 3pm kick-off, and apart from left back Jamie Green, who is a non starter through injury, Hurst and Scott will be able to select from a fully fit squad.

Meanwhile if a replay is necessary, it will be staged at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday, November 1, with a 7.45pm kick off, and admission prices will be adults £6, concessions £1.50.

Woodhorn Lane vice-chairman Peter Moran said: “We wanted to keep the entrance fee for adults at £5 – the same as for league matches – but the FA stipulate that the minimum charge will be £6, so unfortunately we have no alternative other than to conform to the ruling.

“However, the FA have no stipulation regarding the charge for concessions and consequently we are delighted to keep that at £1.50.”

Meanwhile in the second round of the FA Carlsberg Vase, Ashington have been handed a home tie against fellow STL Northern League first division side Norton & Stockton Ancients, which is scheduled to be played on Saturday, November 19.

And in the Sage Northumberland Senior Cup, the Colliers travel to face holders Newcastle United Reserves in what will be a re-run of last season’s semi-final which the Magpies won 2-0.