Grimsby Town joint manager Paul Hurst happy to progress

Grimsby Town

Grimsby Town qualified for the first round of the FA Cup and avoided a cup upset with a 5-0 win against Northern League Division One side Ashington.

Town took the lead through Rob Duffy's goal, before Liam Hearn scored twice before half time to make it 3-0.

Rob Eagle extended the Mariners' lead, with Dayle Southwell's first senior goal completing the scoring.

"We're through and that was the main objective," Grimsby joint manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside.

"We scored five goals and kept a clean sheet and there's always things we can improve on, but if you'd have given us that before the game then we'd have taken it.

"The team we started with had an average age of 23. We had a young team out and at times they will make not quite the right decisions, but they need to play in games to learn and I thought they all acquitted themselves very well."

As for the first round draw, Hurst says there are a few league sides they would like to face: "Rotherham, the Sheffield clubs or a home game against lower-ranked opposition.

"I'd love to get as far as possible and if we could make it to the third round when the Premier League come in then that would be great."

Hurst also paid tribute to the Ashington fans who had made the trip from the north east.

"I think they've enjoyed the day and you've seen them doing the conga, they haven't caused an upset but credit to them," he said.