Despite controlling most of the action, Leyton Orient suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Grimsby Town this Saturday.
Floundering on and off the pitch, Orient now have ten games to overcome a six-point gap to avoid relegation from League Two.
After a slow start, Orient went 1-nil down after seven minutes. Sam Jones powered a header into the bottom lefthand corner of the net.
But soon after the goal, the home team recovered. Most of the action took place down the left flank. Full-back Calum Kennedy and winger Sandro Semedo looked particularly lively.
Despite their best efforts, though, the Grimsby defence repelled their attacks. The O’s best chance was a long shot from Freddy Moncur, which shaved the outside of the post.
Semedo and Kennedy kept calling the shots in the start of the second half. During the first ten minutes, they managed to get several crosses inside The Mariners’ box, but the defence was always up to the challenge.
Grimsby manager Marcus Bignot substituted Tom Bolarinwa for Jamey Osborne in the 57th minute.
This was a move which paid off almost immediately. The away side took control of the game and started to put pressure on the O’s defence.
A few minutes later, Nicky Hunt saved an almost certain goal with a last-ditch tackle in the area.
The second goal came in the 71st minute. Charlie Grainger made a spectacular save after a point blank shot by Jones, but the ball bounced off Kennedy’s back and into the bottom of the net.
The O’s never recovered from the goal, and in the 87th minute Grimsby delivered their coup de grace. Craig Disley caught the Orient defence napping, as his through ball made its way to Scott Vernon, who finished coolly.
Kennedy had a chance to score a consolation goal for Orient in the 95th minute, but was denied by the woodwork. The game finished 0-3.
With this defeat, the 22nd in 36 matches, the O’s remain second from bottom in 23rd place with just 32 points. If they remain in 23rd place at the end of the season, which is ten games away, Orient will face relegation to the Vanarama Conference for the first time in its history.
After the weekend’s action, 22nd-placed Hartlepool United sit above the O’s with 38 points, Crewe Alexandra and Cheltenham Town both have 39, and Notts County have 40.
Off the pitch, Leyton Orient are also staring down the barrel. On 1 March, supporters received the news that the club faces a winding up order for an unpaid tax bill in the region of £250,000. A high court hearing is scheduled for 20 March.
Due to these financial issues, the Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust (LOFT) started a GoFundMe page to save the club. So far, they have managed to raise £67,000.
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