There’s no Mex­i­can magic for Mariners

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Oli Gamp

GRIMSBY fans may have brought a piece of Mex­ico to North Lon­don, but that could not stop their side slip­ping to de­feat at Bar­net.

Mariners fans had flocked to the Hive in num­bers – re­spond­ing to a ban on bring­ing in­flat­a­bles in­side the sta­dium by hir­ing a Mari­achi band for the oc­ca­sion, and dis­play­ing a sea of som­brero hats.

But first-half goals from John Akinde and David Tu­tonda helped Bar­net on their way, be­fore Cur­tis We­ston added gloss to the score­line. Craig Dis­ley grabbed a late con­so­la­tion.

And Bar­net care­taker man­ager Rossi Eames dodged ques­tions about his fu­ture after a con­fi­dent show­ing.

“It’s not about me to­day,” said Eames. “It’s about the team and the way they’ve played. I just give them a plan at the start of the week and we play from there.

“It was just what I wanted – I want us to fin­ish the sea­son strong. They’ve kept them­selves fit, they work very, very hard. They repli­cated how hard they worked.”

The Bees, so of­ten slow starters at the Hive this sea­son, took the lead on 20 min­utes as the ball was punted up­field to Akinde, who made con­tact and nod­ded home.

Bar­net se­cured a twogoal cush­ion as Tu­tonda col­lected a onetwo from We­ston and ri­fled be­yond James McKe­own.

The home side soon made it a romp when Akinde flicked a free­kick into the path of We­ston, who smashed it over the line.

And Eames stressed the im­por­tance of the team’s prin­ci­ples, urg­ing his side to wrap up the sea­son with another win at Crewe next week.

“It’s im­por­tant to fo­cus on the pos­i­tives now, don’t live on them, and go again next week,” he added.

“It’s about hard work and do­ing the right things the right way and stick­ing to your prin­ci­ples.”

Rus­sell Slade’s men sought a con­so­la­tion as Sam Jones fired well wide be­fore Josh Vick­ers flapped at a cor­ner and Dis­ley tapped home.

And Grimsby man­ager Slade was quick to apol­o­gise to the lively away sup­port­ers..

“I’ve got to apol­o­gise to the fans, and to the chair­man,” said Slade.

“Away from home we are Jekyll and Hyde in terms of our per­for­mances. The con­sis­tency has to be there ev­ery day. You can’t just turn it on and off like a tap.

“We were a lit­tle bit bet­ter in the sec­ond half, but still not where we should be. It makes life dif­fi­cult when you are chas­ing the game.”

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