Leyton Orient, fighting for survival as a club, suffered a setback on the pitch with this costly reverse.
Sam Jones scored early on for Grimsby, just seven minutes into the game.
Orient kept battling for the equalizer, but against the run of play Callum Kennedy had the misfortune of scoring an own goal to double Grimsby’s lead in the 71st minute.
The Mariners’ veteran, Scott Vernon also got his name on the scoresheet, scoring the last goal of the game on the 87th minute, five minutes after coming on for Jones.
Pleased despite defeat
Leyton Orient’s boss, Danny Webb, was pleased with the team’s effort and thought the final score did not translate what happened on the pitch.
Speaking to Orient Player, Webb said: ‘’We certainly had periods of really good play, as always right to the final whistle the boys were running their socks off. Those are the fine lines of the situation we are in, there’s a lot of inexperience out there who are doing what I am asking, they’re trying their hardest and as I think it was a bit unfair that score line.’’
Webb also commented on the situation the club is currently in. He was concise and very realistic, saying: ‘’The here and now is that we lost at home and the results around us didn’t go particularly great, so it is tough, it is a situation that points wise, it is not looking good, not looking good for us at all.’’
The east London outfit are currently 23rd in the league, six points behind Hartlepool, who occupy the first position to secure safety, with 10 games to go.
Leyton Orient are in a very difficult position as they will be facing six top-half teams in the remaining fixtures.
The O’s have their next match on Tuesday, as they go head to head with Accrington Stanley in the Wham Stadium.
It’s a a match where three points are crucial for both sides as a home win should give Accrington more breathing space in the fight against relegation, and it could make Orient’s life even harder.
In case of a win, Leyton Orient can close the gap to three points if Hartlepool fail to earn a point at the Abbey Satdium in Cambridge.