Ori­ent and Swin­don suf­fer rel­e­ga­tion

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Claire Gould

AF­TER more than a cen­tury, cri­sis club Ley­ton Ori­ent crashed out of the Foot­ball League yes­ter­day as their trou­bled sea­son hit a new low.

A 3-0 de­feat at Crewe put the fi­nal nail in the O’s cof­fin and League Two’s bot­tom club face an un­cer­tain fu­ture – a wind­ing up pe­ti­tion was ad­journed un­til June af­ter the club paid off money owed to HMRC.

The O’s have had five dif­fer­ent man­agers this sea­son and staff are still wait­ing to re­ceive their March wages.

Swin­don also suf­fered rel­e­ga­tion, to League Two, af­ter go­ing down to a 2-1 home de­feat against Scun­thorpe.

Lin­coln City will line up in the EFL next term af­ter clinch­ing the Na­tional League ti­tle yes­ter­day with a 2-1 win against Mac­cles­field.

SWIN­DON Town head coach Luke Wil­liams says his side’s un­suc­cess­ful rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle con­sumed his life – though Robins fans will say the same.

Swin­don’s five-year stay in League One ended as goals from Mur­ray Wal­lace and Sam Man­tom were enough to give pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Scun­thorpe United three points, de­spite Ro­han Ince scor­ing a late con­sul­ta­tion won­der-strike.

It left a haunted Wil­liams to face the mu­sic again – while out­side fans made their feel­ings known about his abil­i­ties.

“I only want to talk about my­self be­cause I don’t want to talk about any other as­pects that I be­lieve that may have con­trib­uted to our rel­e­ga­tion be­cause I don’t think it’s my place to do that,” he said.

“I think I can do bet­ter, I should have done bet­ter. I should have made bet­ter team se­lec­tions and bet­ter tac­tics.

“I should have been able to mo­ti­vate the play­ers bet­ter and so I can only talk for my­self that I needed to do more. The only thing I know for a fact is that I thought about ev­ery­thing ev­ery minute of ev­ery day.”

Scun­thorpe broke the dead­lock in the fifth minute of the game through cen­tral de­fender Mur­ray Wal­lace. Josh Mor­ris’s over­hit cor­ner was picked up on the left-wing by David Murfin, who showed good skill be­fore cen­ter­ing for his de­fen­sive part­ner to bundle into the net.

The early goal came as too much for some Swin­don fans, who at­tempted to make there way to the dugout to con­front Wil­liams as chants of ‘We want our Swin­don back’ rang around the County Ground.

The home side of­fered lit­tle in at­tack in the first half and were lucky to go into the break one goal down with Mor­ris hit­ting the cross­bar with a 25-yard free-kick three min­utes be­fore the interval.

Scun­thorpe con­tin­ued to press for a sec­ond goal and were re­warded on the 71st minute when sub­sti­tute Man­tom scored within sec­onds af­ter com­ing on, pok­ing in af­ter good work on the left by Mor­ris.

With rel­e­ga­tion loom­ing, Ince gave the home fans some­thing to cheer with a 30-yard won­der­strike.

With re­sults go­ing against them, the Iron’s faint au­to­matic pro­mo­tion hopes were ended, but man­ager Gra­ham Alexan­der re­mained con­tent.

“We’re a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed but we knew it was only an out­side chance, con­sid­er­ing the teams who we have above us, like Bolton, so we didn't re­ally fo­cus on it,” he said.

“We haven’t re­ally spo­ken about the other teams and it wasn’t un­til we were back in the chang­ing room af­ter the game that we first found out that we could no longer be go up au­to­mat­i­cally.

“I’ve got to be de­lighted with what the play­ers have done over the last few weeks even if we have come up

just short at the end.”

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/ Gary Lear­month

IN PUR­SUIT: Mur­ray Wal­lace struck in­side five min­utes BUNDLE: Scun­thorpe United’s Sam Man­tom cel­e­brates his goal with team­mates

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