YORK City manager Gary Mills says he hopes to use the FA Trophy match at Harlow Town as a springboard to give his Minstermen side momentum going into the business end of the National League season.
Talking ahead of the tie against Isthmian Premier Division outfit Harlow, the 55-year-old is hopeful that his City team will cope with playing on the 3G pitch in Essex and that a win will help the side to move up the table in the coming weeks and months.
Speaking to Minstermen PlayerHD
, the former Gateshead and Wrexham chief knows that there is more at stake than a place in the third round of the Trophy, as City bid to climb off the bottom of the National League table and out of the relegation zone.
“This is why the FA Trophy is still important because if we get a result down at Harlow, we can look forward to the draw on Monday and give the fans a lift and something to look forward to,” Mills expressed.
“That takes us into a league game against Barrow next Saturday which is so important for us and we go into that really confident, and that’s how it’s got to be.
“I’ve got a squad of players who are smiling and enjoying their football and with that, we have 18 games to go and we are just four points off safety so we can use that and the players we have here to get what we want from the rest of the season.”
On the prospect of facing the seventh tier side, Mills hopes his team can replicate recent performances and overcome playing on an artificial pitch to claim a spot in the next round of the competition.
“They are obviously a lot more used to playing on the 3G than we are, but we are training on it before the match and on the way down to Harlow tomorrow in Stamford,” Mills said.
“They are a side who are doing well at this moment in time. Obviously they beat Eastleigh last time out in the Trophy so we have to be wary.
“We know we are going to be in for a tough game but we will be capable of winning if we produce what we have produced in the last few games, except of course against North Ferriby United at home. If we can do that, we can get a result.”