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Hurst Looking Forward To Semi-Final

27 February 2016

Paul Hurst was pleased to see Town take an extra step towards Wembley in the 2-0 victory over Woking in the FA Trophy on Saturday afternoon, as he and his Town side now look forward to a two legged semi-final to reach the national stadium in March.

''It's never easy to play a club twice, albeit it was quite a different lineup that we faced that day so to beat the same cub twice in a few days is pleasing,'' said the Town boss after the game.

''When its a cup competition, you wanna get through to that next round and now we know we've got a two legged semi final to look forward to and we'll await the draw on Monday.

''I said at half time that I felt we started the game kinda flicking at things and not stamping our authority on the game from the off but I think after the start we had the other night, Woking would've talked a lot about the start they were trying to achieve so we have to take under consideration the other side at times.''

A brace from Nathan Arnold in the first half saw the Mariners cruise to a fairly comfortable victory against a side that they beat in the National League on Tuesday, and Hurst was pleased with the second goal in particular on the day..

''We took a similar sort of route for our first goal as the other night and the second goal was a very good team goal - Jon Nolan's done well, a nice little reverse pass and Nathan Arnold's tucked it away well, which gave us that two goal cushion at half time that we had spoken about.

''At the minute, I think the players are just trying to get to grips with a few things we're asking of them, such as keeping our shape when we've got a lead, which I mentioned the other night, and not go chasing a third that we perhaps don't need.


''We had a couple of attacks and could've maybe created another goal all in all, it was relatively comfortable.

''We limited Woking to very little and I think the ironic cheers when Goddard hit a shot into Macca's hands suggest that.

Town will now come up against Bognor Regis Town, Nantwich Town and then either Halifax or Gateshead, who have to go through a replay in the next round and asked who he would prefer, Hurst seemed to be keen on the challenge of coming up against the winner of that fixture.

He said: ''I like a challenge and I'd like to go back to Halifax or Gateshead.

''Obviously we get a game here but they're two rare defeats that we've had this season and I wouldn't mind trying to put that right.

''The only issue is that if its the final, we don't get to go to the grounds that we lost at so call me a bit of a sucker for punishment but I'd happily go there again.''

Asked if the play-offs are still the priority despite the good run in the FA Trophy and the strong side that was picked today, Hurst said: ''Yeah, 100% but I just think because of the way it was perceived that we lost at Halifax and then how we still couldn't do right in everyone's eyes after a good victory in the league in terms of Woking having made changes, I wanted to try and keep a bit of momentum.

''Of course if it doesn't go your way then you question that again but I just wanted to try and get most of the lads out there again – it was the same team apart from Craig Disley coming back in and now we set ourselves up for an extremely tough game on Friday night at Forest Green.''

Hurst looks to have most of his squad to pick from again for the big game on Friday night against the second placed Villagers, and is looking forward to the challenge.

He said, '''I think everyone is fine, Toto had a bit of an issue with his heel but was okay for the bench today.

''We'll take stock again on Monday and check on everyone but I'm sure that everyone will be hoping to be fit for that game at Forest Green on TV.''

''I've asked the players in there if they want to play in the big games, so we look forward to that challenge now.''

Watch the full post match interview with Hurst below.

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