EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Luton Town 2

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Leyton Orient suffer their fourth successive home defeat, after they lost 2-1 to Luton Town at The Matchroom Stadium.

Luton Town’s Cameron McGeehan grabbed their opener midway through the first half as he tucked in from close range.

Danny Hylton doubled the away sides lead with a fierce strike, but Orient then struck back as Ollie Palmer slotted home from close range which was not enough as Orient now sit third from bottom.

Alberto Cavasin made three changes to his side that lost 1-0 at home to Portsmouth last week, as Nigel Atangana returned from injury, in midfield with Sandro Semedo and Ollie Palmer returned up top alongside Jay Simpson.

Orient lost their last six league games prior to this one and had only scored one goal in their last four home games.

Within the second minute, Luton had a shot from Hylton but his long range effort went over the bar.

Semedo’s over hit cross almost found the back of the net, as his out-swinging ball had to be parried-out by Christian Walton 11 minutes in.

Orient should have taken the lead with their first real threat on goal, as Captain Nicky Hunt’s early cross was flicked on by Gavin Massey to Palmer at the far post but his diving header went wide – from 12 yards out.

Alex Gilliead caused Callum Kennedy havoc down the right flank, as his cross to the far post had Alex Cisak at full stretch and looked to be heading in but fell just over the crossbar.

Luton then played a well drilled free-kick, as Jordan Cook pulled a low pass just inside the box to McGeeham to strike which was stopped by Cisak.

Orient found themselves behind on the half hour mark, as Luton intercepted Jay Simpson in his own half and Jack Marriott got his shot off inside the box which was saved by Cisak – only into the path of McGeehan to tap into the empty net.

The visitors almost extended their advantage, as Cook found some space out wide and ran all the way into the Orient box and his shot was blocked by Tom Parkes – to deny Luton their second.

In the second half, the away side nearly grabbed a second, as Cisak made a great double save as he originally palmed Marriott’s shot onto the post and then clawed the ball away from being tucked in by Cook facing goal – to keep the O’s in the game.

Hunt nearly got Orient their searching equaliser, as his shot got deflected and trickled just around the near post for a corner.

Orient were again after the leveller, as substitute Paul McCallum dispossessed the Luton defender in their half and gave Palmer some space, his rifled strike from outside the box was palmed away by Walton.

Luton extended their lead shortly after, as the ball was squared inside the box and Hylton fired in with Cisak given no chance.

Orient responded straight back, as McCallum got the ball out wide and pulled it back inside the box for Palmer whose shot went in off the post.

Luton looked to put the game to bed, as Hylton wriggled free of Yvan Erichot and Hunt but his strike was again stopped by Cisak – which was enough to claim all three points for the away side who move up to fourth.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 16 Nicky Hunt ©, 37 Yvan Erichot, 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy, 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana (76), 46 Jens Jense, 22 Sandro Semedo, 9 Ollie Palmer, 27 Jay Simpson (68)

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 25 Aaron Pollock, 5 Alan Dunne (76), 33 Zan Benedicic, 18 Ulrich Nnomo, 21 Jordan Bowery, 10 Paul McCallum (68)

Luton Town Lineup: 1 Christian Walton, 36 James Justin, 6 Scott Cuthbert ©, 44 Alan Sheenan, 3 Dan Potts, 16 Glen Rea, 8 Cameron McGeehan (83), 10 Jordan Cook (89), 15 Alex Gilliead (92), 9 Danny Hylton, 14 Jack Marriott

Substitutes: 31 Craig King, 2 Stephen O’Donnell, 4 J Smith (83), 5 J Mullins (89), 7 J Gray (92), 17 Pelly Ruddock, 20 Isaac Vassell

Attendance: 5,471

Essex fail test against ICC champions

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Essex Premier lost their first Inter County group match of the season with a 25-15 away defeat to Norfolk Premier.

Essex were without key players once again, as Peter Fautley and Alan Kay were out with illness and Matt Dillon, Debbie Dillon and Chris Coates all unavailable.

The current ICC champions now go back to the top of the table after the comfortable victory, as Essex settle in third.

In the first session the singles was tight early on but Gary Best pulled away against Mitchell Young to win comfortably 16-9.

Barry Hedges was heading for the victory going into the final end, until Chris Mann picked up a three to snatch the win 13-12.

In the pairs, Mark Chittock and Heather Clement were beaten by the young duo of Morgan Warnes and Jack Pye 19-8 – to take the first three matches for Norfolk.

Shirley Walker and Greg Wade rescued Essex from the whitewash, as they secured their victory on the final end to win 13-10 against Simon Warnes and John Sparham, as Norfolk took an early 6-2 lead.

The second session, was much of the same for Essex as Mo Binstead, Pauline Childs and Tony Ealham lost 18-8 against Melvin Wood’s trio.

Andrea Philbrick, Paul Bax and John Pye almost got a result from their match on the final end, but could only manage to get three as they lost 10-9 to Keith Cooke’s reliable triple.

In the fours, Babs Morokutti, Steve Killington, Keith Paxman and Anthony Fautley struggled despite their fightback as they lost 13-6 against David Lamb’s quartet. 

Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert, Pat Goodchild and Phil Banner were Essex’s saving grace, as they won with ease 15-1 to give Essex a glimmer of hope for the second half.

Norfolk took a healthy 12-4 lead going into the break.

In the second half, Essex battled back as Hedges edged past Best on the last end to take a narrow 12-11 victory. 

Young and Mann were tight throughout but Mann clawed back the two shot deficit on the final end to draw 13-13 as Norfolk claimed the bonus points.

In the pairs, Wade and Walker were kept at arms length by Warnes (Junior) and Pye to win 18-13. 

Whereas Clement and Chittock came back from 12-7 down to win 16-13 and take the session win but lost the bonus points in the pairs. 

Norfolk went into the last session with a 19-9 advantage and needed just one point to secure the overall victory.

Essex put in a better second half display, as Morokutti, Killington, Paxman and Fautley won comfortably 15-5 against substitute skip Selwyn Goldsmith and his four.

Arthur, Lambert, Goodchild and Banner almost pulled back at the death from 11-6 down but lost 11-10 to Lamb’s rink and claimed the bonus points in the fours for Essex.

In the triples, Binstead, Childs and Ealham fought hard for their narrow 12-11 victory over Cooke’s trio.

Although Philbrick, Bax and Pye fell to a heavy defeat 16-6 to Wood’s triple and dropped the bonus points in the triples to finish 25-15 to Norfolk.

This send Norfolk back to the top of the table, as Essex clamber into third two points behind Northampton.

Essex’s next test is the outfit of Northampton on 23rd October, for Essex’s first home match of the season.

Players Ratings:

Barry Hedges 7/10

Mitchell Young 6/10

Mark Chittock 7/10

Heather Clement 6/10

Greg Wade 7/10

Shirley Walker 7/10

Mo Binstead 8/10

Pauline Childs 7/10

Tony Ealham 6.5/10

Andrea Philbrick 7/10

Paul Bax 7/10

John Pye 6.5/10

Babs Morokutti 7/10

Steve Killington 7/10

Keith Paxman 7/10

Anthony Fautley 7/10

Ian Arthur 7/10

Linda Lambert 7/10

Pat Goodchild 8/10

Phil Banner 7/10

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Portsmouth 1

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Alberto Cavasin suffered his first home league defeat in charge of Leyton Orient, as they lost 1-0 to Portsmouth at the Matchroom Stadium.

Christian Burgess grabbed the only goal of the match, with a second half header to take all three points as the visitors move up to fourth in the table.

Cavasin made five changes to his side that were beaten 1-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy at Southend in midweek with Alex Cisak, Yvan Erichot, Jens Janse, Paul McCallum and Jay Simpson all stepped in.

Orient put Portsmouth under some early pressure, as Simpson went passed his marker and McCallum took the ball off his strike partner and his shot was stopped by the feet of David Forde.

The visitors then had a spell themselves, as Conor Chaplin slotted the ball into the bottom corner but the linesman flagged offside.

Orient were forced into an early change, as Captain Kelly had to be stretchered off due to an injury just five minutes in.

The home fans called for a penalty, after a challenge on Erichot inside the six-yard box, which was not given by the referee.

Alex Cisak almost gifted Portsmouth the lead, as he passed the ball straight to Gary Roberts who squared the ball to Chaplin but strike was saved by Cisak – who make up for his mistake.

Portsmouth’s Kyle Bennett went down inside the box, which the referee looked to have pointed to the spot but gave a free-kick to Orient and booked the striker for simulation.

In the second half, Orient made their second change as Alan Dunne replaced McCallum and the home side shifted their formation from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1.

Newly introduced Dunne nearly make the perfect introduction, as he intercepted the Portsmouth midfielder and went to lob one of his former teammates Forde but he was equal to it.

Portsmouth then took the lead just before the hour mark, as Carl Baker’s corner was headed in by Stevens into the bottom corner.

The away side were nearly gifted a second, as a harmless cross was nearly headed in by Nicky Hunt as it came back off the woodwork at the near post.

Orient pushed for an equaliser but Portsmouth held off the late pressure to stop their run of back-to-back defeats, with Orient now lying just above the relegation zone.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 16 Nicky Hunt, 37 Yvan Erichot, 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy, 46 Jens Janse, 11 Gavin Massey, 4 Liam Kelly © (9), 18 Ulrich Nnomo (82), 10 Paul McCallum (45), 27 Jay Simpson

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 25 Aron Pollock, 5 Alan Dunne (45), 33 Zan Benedicic, 22 Sandro Semedo (9), 21 Jordan Bowery, 9 Ollie Palmer (82)

Portsmouth Lineup: 1 David Forde, 3 Enda Stevens, 5 Matt Clarke, 6 Christian Burgess, 7 Carl Baker, 8 Michael Doyle ©, 11 Gary Roberts, 19 Conor Chaplin (67), 23 Kyle Bennett, 24 Amine Linganzi (67), 26 Gareth Evans

Substitutes: 13 Liam O’Brien, 2 Tom Davies, 4 Danny Rose (67), 9 Michael Smith, 10 Milan Lalkovic (82), 14 Curtis Main (67), 22 Kal Naismith

Attendance: 6,078

EFL Checkatrade Trophy: Southend United 1 Leyton Orient 0

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Southend United snatched a narrow 1-0 victory in the EFL Checkatrade Trophy over Leyton Orient at Roots Hall.

Marco Antoine-Fortune grabbed the only goal of the night late on in the second half, to top the Southern Group G and secure their place in the knockout stages with the final group match still to play.

Alberto Cavasin’s first game in charge saw six changes to the side that drew 0-0 in league action away at Barnet at the weekend under Andy Edwards.

Phil Brown also made six changes to his side that drew 1-1 against Peterborough.  

Orient’s had the first hint at goal, as Ulrich Nnomo went passed the Southend midfield and unleashed a shot which went well over.

A dangerous free-kick from the O’s fell to Tom Parkes whose shot was miss timed due to Captain Robbie Weir also going for the ball.

Southend had their first real opportunity of the match 25 minutes in, as Luke O’Neill drilled shot from outside the box went wide of the target.

Ben Coker’s free-kick was won by the aerial threat of centre-back Ryan Inniss, which was comfortable for Sam Sargeant.

Southend had a great chance to take the lead, as Simon Cox cut in from the left hand side and his snap shot was stopped by Sargeant but came out only to Ryan Leonard whose strike hit the side netting.

In the second half, the O’s made a double substitution as Jens Janse and Alan Dunne replaced Gavin Massey and Parkes.

Newly introduced Janse’s cross was met by a brilliant leap from Nnomo but his header went just over the bar.

Orient nearly took the lead, as Janse burst into the space on the right flank he then squared it to Jordan Bowery whose curling effort was parried by Mark Oxley.

A great move by Orient could not be converted, as Janse slotted in Dunne who whipped in a first time ball to the far post for Nnomo to head unmarked into the side netting.

Southend then took advantage of the visitors missed chances and took the lead with just seven minutes remaining, as Cox played the ball into Antoine-Fortune’s path he fended off his marker, cut back inside and bent his shot into the far corner.

Orient will now need at least a point in their final group match away at Brighton U23’s on Tuesday 8th November if they are to qualify for the knockout stages, after Brighton and Stevenage both drew however Brighton took the bonus point after the penalty shootout victory.

Cavasin’s team will now turn back to league action with a tough home encounter against Portsmouth at the weekend.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 24 Sam Sargeant, 16 Nicky Hunt, 25 Aaron Pollock, 6 Tom Parkes (45), 3 Callum Kennedy, 11 Gavin Massey (45), 8 Robbie Weir © (87), 4 Liam Kelly, 18 Ulrich Nnomo, 21 Jordan Bowery, 9 Ollie Palmer

Substitutes: 1 Alex Cisak, 5 Alan Dunne (45), 46 Jens Janse (45), 33 Zan Beneficic, 31 Steven Alzate, 27 Jay Simpson (87)

Southend United Lineup: 1 Mark Oxley, 2 John White, 33 Ryan Inniss, 5 Adam Thompson, 3 Ben Coker, 7 Luke O’Neill (82), 16 Adam King (59), 18 Ryan Leonard, 4 Anthony Wordsworth (58), 10 Simon Cox, 14 Marco Antoine-Fortune

Substitutes: 22 Ted Smith, 27 Harry Kyprianou, 15 Jakub Sokolik, 12 Will Atkinson (59), 11 Stephen McLaughlin (58), 19 Jack Bridge (82), 9 David Mooney

Attendance: 2,383 (413)

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Plymouth Argyle 2

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A resilient 9-man Leyton Orient were beaten 2-0 at home to top of the table Plymouth Argyle, at The Matchroom Stadium.

Orient were reduced to 10-men in the opening minute, as Captain Robbie Weir was given a straight red for a late challenge.

The away side took the lead early on, as Jimmy Spencer slotted in for the visitors with Orient reduced to ten.

The evening then got even more difficult for the ‘O’s, as Jens Janse was sent off for a mistimed tackle on Jake Jervis as the last man.

Plymouth then grabbed their second late in the second half, as substitute Ryan Donaldson’s strike extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

Caretaker manager Andy Edwards first game in charge saw two changes to his side that were defeated 3-1 away at Notts County. Sandro Semedo and Jens Janse made his debut for the club ahead of Harry Cornick and Yvan Erichot who both moved to the bench.

Orient looked to overturn their back-to-back defeats against top of the table Plymouth who were on a seven game unbeaten run.

Within the first 30 seconds of the match Captain Weir was given a straight red deemed by referee Charles Breakspear for a late tackle on the Plymouth midfielder.

Orient then found themselves behind 13 minutes in, from the first real attack of the game as Spencer was played through inside the box and tucked it past Alex Cisak.

The home side were forced into a change, as Liam Kelly came off with an injury for Nigel Atangana.

Shortly after the restart, Orient went down to nine men as debutant Janse made a miss timed challenge on Jake Jervis out on the left hand side. The referee also sent him off due to him being the last man, as well to leave Orient with an uphill struggle.

Plymouth’s David Goodwillie made an off the ball challenge on defender Tom Parkes, as Cisak collected but the referee just gave the forward a talking too.

Goodwillie missed an unchallenged header inside the box for Plymouth to double their lead, who were enjoying the majority of possession.

In the second half, substitute Atangana was also forced off injured and had to be replaced by Harry Cornick.

Plymouth put the ball into the net for a second time but Goodwillie’s goal was disallowed for offside.

Cisak kept Orient in the match with some superb stops, to give the home fans some hope with time running out.

Although Plymouth secured the three points with six minutes to go, as substitute Donaldson slotted in from a cut back inside the box to put the nail in Orient’s coffin.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 3 Callum Kennedy, 4 Liam Kelly, 6 Tom Parkes, 8 Robbie Weir ©, 10 Paul McCallum (82), 11 Gavin Massey, 16 Nicky Hunt, 22 Sandro Semedo, 27 Jay Simpson, 46 Jens Janse.

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 9 Ollie Palmer, 15 Nigel Atangana (13) (48), 18 Ulrich Nnomo, 20 Harry Cornick (48), 21 Jordan Bowery (82), 25 Aron Pollock

Plymouth Argyle: 23 Luke McCormick ©, 2 Gary Miller, 4 Yann Songo’s (57), 5 Nauris Bulvitis, 6 Connor Smith (77), 7 David Goodwillie, 9 Jimmy Spencer, 10 Graham Carey, 14 Jake Jarvis, 15 Sonny Bradley, 16 Ben Purrington

Substitutes: 8 Jordan Slew, 11 Ryan Donaldson (77), 18 Oscar Threlkeld, 21 Vicent Dorel, 22 David Ijaha, 24 David Fox (57), 27 Craig Tanner (74)

Attendance: 4,366








Essex Premier claim opening away victory

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Essex Premier claimed a surprise 21-19 away victory in their opening Inter County group match at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club. 

Essex were without several key players ahead of their first ICC match with Debbie Dillon, Linda Lambert, Ian Arthur, Mitchell Young and current national triples champions Matt Dillon, Barry Hedges and Adam Sultana were all absent.

Many of last years ‘A’ team were given their opportunity in the Premier side for the tie and seized it.

Steve Killington was first up in the singles but he bumped into Northampton’s Lee Hall who won 22-5.

Last year’s ‘A’ team singles player Pauline Childs slotted into the other singles role and fought well against England International Callum Beale. With the game going to the wire at 12-12 last end but Beale snatched the victory at the end 13-12.

In the pairs, Greg Wade and Shirley Walker lost 13-6 against the Northampton pairing of C Drage and Thelma Hopkins.

Mark Chittock and Peter Fautley were Essex’s saving grace in the opening session, as they faced G Dormer and Chris Hopkins. Neither duo could be separated after 15 ends with a 14-14 draw. 

Which gave Essex their only point of the session and trailed 7-1.

In the second session, Essex hit straight back as they often do with new trio Andy Philbrick, Paul Bax and John Pye – who won 15-7.

The other triple, was unchanged from last year as Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and team captain Tony Ealham replicated their teammates as they won 17-9 – to take maximum points for the triples.

In the fours, Babs Morokutti, Phil Banner, Keith Paxman and Antony Fautley won convincingly over Ed Sawbridge’s quartet 20-7.

In the final game of the first half, new fresh Premier blood was involved in the fours, as Eileen Smith-Allen, Pat Goodchild, John Wade and Rob Wade were beaten 11-7.

At the break Essex had pulled back after their bad start to trail 9-7.

In the second half, Childs then faced Hall which she came off second best despite her best efforts as she lost 15-9.

Killington also had a tough time against Beale who won 17-8 and Northampton comfortably claimed the bonus points in the singles.

In the pairs, Fautley (Senior) and Chittock (Chittock) won 17-8 to put Essex in a two shot lead on the bonus points in the pairs.

The other duo, Wade (Junior) and Walker went to the wire as they were narrowly beaten by Hopkins (Mr) 14-13 but took the pairs bonus points by one shot. 

Northampton extended their overall lead to 17-11 after their 8-4 session win – needing just four points to take the match.

But Essex had other ideas, as Binstead, Kay and Ealham made it two wins from two as they held on to win 12-11 to get the visitors off and running for the comeback.

The other triple were unfortunate not to also take a victory as Philbrick, Bax and Pye were just beaten 14-11. Although Essex took the two extra bonus points in the triples.

Smith-Allen, Goodchild, Wade and Wade managed to grind out their win 8-5 against Sawbridge’s rink, to bring the score back to 19-17 with one match remaining.

Morokutti, Banner, Paxman and Fautley brought it home for Essex with another huge victory 19-4 to level the scores and secure the bonus points to take an overall 21-19 away win.

In the other group fixture Surrey travelled to the current ICC champions Norfolk. Where Surrey were beaten 23-17.

Essex now look to carry their confidence into the next group game, on the 9th October with another away trip this time to top of the table Norfolk.

This leaves county manager Dave ‘The Tinkerman’ Chittock with a headache over selection as some absentees return for the tough outfit of Norfolk.

Essex A qualify for rinks finals

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Essex A secured their place in the Inter County rinks finals for the first time at Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club.

Essex won their final match against Surrey A to book their place in the finals in January next year.
The first round in the group saw Dorset A win comfortably against Surrey.

Essex then faced a strong Dorset side and had a tough time, as Josie Robinson, Colin Addis, John Pye and Alan High were beaten 16-1.

Shirley Walker, Emily Poulter, Brenda Neil and Pat High suffered a similar defeat 18-5.

In the others rinks, Heather Clements, Dave Chittock, Tony Hayes and John Wade tried to contain the deficit but lost 12-6.

Essex’s only win in the rink came through, Andy Philbrick, Greg Wade, Bart Clements and Rob Wade as they won comfortably 19-8 to lose overall by 25 shots.

On Dave (The Tinker Man) Chittock’s managerial debut he made a few changes, as reserve Peggy May slotted into Alan High’s rink and Josie Robinson moved into Shirley Walker’s four as Brenda Neil was sidelined. 

The revived Essex side came out with an incentive, as Walker, Poulter, Addis and Robinson won 15-9 against the Surrey four.

Philbrick, Wade (Junior), Clements and Wade (Senior) had a narrow defeat 12-11, to hold a five shot overall lead with two rinks remaining.

Clements, Chittock, Hayes and Wade had also a narrow 13-11 defeat, leaving a three shot lead with one rink remaining.

Essex relied on High, May, Pye and High to confirm qualification to place second in the group, as they won 13-11 to beat Surrey by five shots overall.

Essex A will now look forward to their first appearance at the A rinks finals in a mixed day overall for the new manager.