Mariners now safe, ac­cord­ing to Bignot

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ge­orge Ses­sions

GRIMSBY Town man­ager Mar­cus Bignot was de­lighted to see his team claim a win away at Leyton Ori­ent and reach the 50-point mark in League Two.

Sam Jones opened the scor­ing after six min­utes and an un­for­tu­nate own-goal by O’s Callum Kennedy made it 2-0 in the 71st minute.

Mariners sub­sti­tute Scott Ver­non then fired home a bril­liant vol­ley three min­utes from time to put the ic­ing on the cake for Grimsby.

Bignot said: “It’s a land­mark to reach 50 points, so that’s a big ‘well done’ to ev­ery­one con­nected with the football club.

“It took a long time to get back into the Football League, but they say 50 is the magic num­ber.

“Although math­e­mat­i­cally it prob­a­bly isn’t quite right, it looks like we are stay­ing up.”

The ini­tial tar­get for Grimsby in east Lon­don was not to con­cede in­side the open­ing five min­utes.

At More­cambe and Crewe Alexan­dra last month and at Steve­nage in Jan­uary, the Mariners had fallen be­hind in­side five min­utes.

But after pass­ing that first tar­get, they then went in front at Bris­bane Road be­fore claim­ing a de­served win.

“We said after five min­utes there would be a round of ap­plause and a cheer be­cause we had got past that mark with­out con­ced­ing,” joked Bignot.

“That was the first goal we passed and then we wanted to get in at half-time ahead, so I was pleased with that.

“But we didn’t move the ball the way we wanted to and Ori­ent moved it far bet­ter than us in the first half.”

O’s boss Danny Webb was dis­ap­pointed with the fi­nal score­line, which was harsh on his young side.

Even though Ori­ent failed to test away goal­keeper James McKe­own, they did get into a num­ber of promis­ing po­si­tions.

Webb added: “The score­line hurts.

“After ev­ery game I have spo­ken about ask­ing for 100 per cent com­mit­ment and ef­fort and a no fear men­tal­ity and they showed that again.

“But they are not go­ing to be sit­ting in the chang­ing room smil­ing be­cause they worked hard.

“They lost 3-0 and it is harsh. When the third goal went in it was a real kick in the stom­ach for me and the play­ers.

“Peo­ple not at Bris­bane Road would look at a 3-0 score­line and think we have got ham­mered.

“Did we de­serve to win the game? Prob­a­bly not, but it wasn’t a 3-0.”

The O’s re­main sec­ond bot­tom in the stand­ings, six points adrift of safety.

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