DANNY Lowe believes a good FA Trophy run can go hand-in-hand with a challenge for promotion.
The Shaymen set off on the Trophy trail when they travel to Colwyn Bay on Saturday.
And far from the knockout competition being a distraction, Lowe says Town should be looking to emulate Blue Square North neighbours Guiseley who reached the last eight last season.
“Out of the two, you have more chance of winning the FA Trophy,” he said.
“The FA Cup was great because we were in the spotlight and the club is back on the map.
“But we want to go as far as we can in the Trophy.
“Guiseley went on a really good run last year so there is no reason why we can’t this year.
“You go into each game looking to win, and if you do that you can look forward to the next round.
“We want to maintain the form we have shown recently and kick on.”
Lowe has been in fine form in recent weeks after swapping places in defence with Scott McManus.
Lowe has settled in alongside Liam Hogan in the middle with McManus playing out side.
“At the beginning of the season we struggled at the back and the Gaffer wanted to tinker with it,” he said.
“We have both fitted into our new roles quite well and the team has picked up from back to front.”
Saturday’s game will be Lowe’s last before he begins a three match back following his debateable red card in the FA Cup tie with Charlton Athletic.
“It definitely wasn’t a red,” he said. “But I still went to the lad after the game to apologise in case I had hurt him.
“I got caught on my heels and went in for the tackle.
“I think it looked worse because I went in whole hearted to the tackle and he hasn’t.
“I inquired to the Gaffer if we could appeal, but if the assessor says it was and in his view it was malicious, I just have to take it on the chin.
“The red card did affect me on the day a little bit but I am most disappointed by the fact I will miss three games now.”
Town fans wishing to travel on the official supporters’ bus to Colwyn Bay for Saturday’s FA Trophy third qualifying round clash can book now by calling the Travel line on 07707 143 094.
The cost of the trip to north Wales will be £12 and transport departs the Shay at 11.30 am.