Dar­ren’s wor­ried as Yeovil fall apart

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

GRIMSBY made Yeovil wait be­fore se­cur­ing League Two sur­vival as for­mer Glovers boss Rus­sell Slade en­joyed a com­fort­able win over his for­mer club.

Slade left Blun­dell Park in 2006 to link up with Yeovil and im­me­di­ately led the Som­er­set side to the League One play-off fi­nal.

He’s now in his sec­ond spell in charge of the Mariners and showed no mercy to the Glovers, who are em­broiled in a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

The home side led 2-0 at the break through Sam Jones and Chris Cle­ments and af­ter Alex Law­less pulled a goal back, two goals in four min­utes from Scott Ver­non and Jamey Os­borne sealed vic­tory.

It leaves Yeovil still need­ing a point to se­cure their Foot­ball League fu­ture and boss Dar­ren Way said: “We’ve stressed all week how im­por­tant this game was and I have to apol­o­gise to the sup­port­ers be­cause our de­fend­ing was abysmal here.

“We all have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity as a group and then as we head into our next game we have to change.

“Af­ter our win against Crewe on Mon­day, I asked the play­ers to show some con­sis­tency.

“We worked on the same prin­ci­ples ahead of this game but Grimsby won their bat­tles and were clin­i­cal.”

Slade is al­ready plan­ning for next sea­son but is pleased with the progress his side is mak­ing.

He said: “I said that the team with the strong­est at­ti­tude would win and we had a great at­ti­tude to­wards ev­ery­thing we did.

“We set our stall out early on and our de­ci­sion-mak­ing was good over­all. We mixed our play up nicely and al­ways looked a threat go­ing for­ward.

“We scored four and cre­ated a lot of good op­por­tu­ni­ties. As the game went on there was more space for us go­ing for­ward.”

Grimsby went ahead with just seven min­utes on the clock af­ter Yeovil keeper Jonny Maddison tripped Os­borne to con­cede a penalty that was con­verted by Jones.

On 36 min­utes the home side dou­bled their lead in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion, as Cle­ments rode two chal­lenges be­fore vol­ley­ing in from 20 yards.

The Glovers pulled a goal back early in the sec­ond half when Alex Law­less fired in from the edge of the area but were then let down by poor de­fend­ing.

Scott Ver­non headed in from a cor­ner to make it 3-2 be­fore Os­borne sprinted clear to add a fourth.

Fran­cois Zoko then pulled a goal back for the vis­i­tors.

STAR MAN DANNY COLLINS Grimsby

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