GRIMSBY are still looking nervously over their shoulders in the relegation scrap.

Sutton’s win at Salford on Good Friday cut their advantage on second from bottom to just three points after the Mariners lost 3-1 at Barrow.

They still have two games in hand on the London side but it has become too close for comfort going into the Bantams clash tomorrow.

Successive defeats have cranked up the pressure again ahead of the visit of Graham Alexander’s men.

Grimsby boss David Artell said: “Wrexham at home and Barrow away is a tough couple of games. That ended our six-match unbeaten run and we’ve got to get back on it starting tomorrow lunchtime.

“Did we deserve something out the game? Probably and we weren’t helped by the referee’s performance – he was an absolute disgrace.

“But we didn’t help ourselves. We shot ourselves in the foot in the first instance.

“Games are won in both boxes and we weren’t good enough in them. If we were better in both boxes, irrespective of the referee’s performance, we’d have come away with at least a point.

“We’ve got to become more ruthless, we should have beaten Sutton, Morecambe and Accrington but we didn’t.

“We’ve got to be better and pick up points.

“It’s a quick turnaround to go again but that’s the name of the game.”

Charles Vernam is trying to get his injury-hit return to Blundell Park going again.

The former City winger returned for his second spell at Grimsby in the summer but has started just five games.

He missed four months earlier in the season with a serious muscle tear in his thigh that needed an operation.

And he has just come back from a pulled hamstring that kept him out for a further few weeks.

But Vernam looked bright when he came off the bench in the Barrow loss and Artell will consider throwing him in from the start against his former club.

Arthur Gnahoua, though, is expected to miss out after being forced off in the first half of Friday’s game with a knee problem.