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Time To Reflect On A Successful Season - FA Trophy Final Reaction

23 May 2016

TOWN boss Paul Hurst says that there is a tinge of disappointment that the team weren't able to complete a double in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon, but that ultimately, it is time to reflect on a successful season.

An early second half goal from FC Halifax Town's Scott Halifax meant that the Mariners were unable to follow up last Sunday's promotion to the Football League with another win at the National Stadium in their final game of the season, but speaking after the game, Hurst said that it was winning promotion that the season was truly about.

He said: ''We had our day last week and today, I just thought it looked a game too far for us. It's a learning curve for them and for us us all.

''Ultimately, at the start of the season, if we'd had said we'll win promotion and get to the Trophy Final then everyone would've snapped our hands off.

''It doesn't hide the fact that we would've liked to have won today, it was another fantastic turnout and the fans put their hands in their pockets again but what we can look forward to is league football and that was the main target at the start of the season.

''We get together tonight and can celebrate because we're now finally the end of what has been a long, testing but ultimately happy season for us.''

Hurst also paid tribute to the 10,000 fans that made the trip to Wembley for the second time in a week, and for the way they applauded the players for their efforts after the game, and congratulated Halifax on their victory.

'' I've said before that last week needed to be aid, but the ones here today were here to celebrate and you saw that at the end with the songs they were singing. They were a testament to the cub.

Naturally you want your team to win but it wasn't to be so credit to Halifax, it's their day and like I've said, on the back of what has been a difficult season for them, they've got something to go out on a high with.''

Asked how much the fans reaction helps the side, the Town boss said: ''A hell of a lot to be honest, it makes you feel better about it because you can get very easily get dragged towards the negative.

I've jut said there that has been a lot of support and thankfully, we've made them proud of Grimsby Town again.

''They're back on the map and now we've got a lot of work to do and in terms of getting a squad together that can compete in League Two and not come back.

''As much as I loved leading the time out here, we don't want to be involved in this competition again, we want to be involved in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, the League Cup and obviously the FA Cup so that's the aim.

''I'm sure on the way back, they'll be a tinge of disappointment but they'll still reflect on a fantastic season and already start looking ahead to next season and planning trips away.

''They'll be looking at when the fixtures come out and Blackpool away will certainly be one on the agenda.''

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