There’s no Mexican magic for Mariners
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.”