Month: August 2017

National League: Leyton Orient 2 Maidstone United 0

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Leyton Orient made it back-to-back home victories after a 2-0 win against Maidstone United, at The Matchroom Stadium.

 

A David Mooney header grabbed the O’s lead early in the second half and his second for the season.

 

Orient then secured the points in injury-time through substitute Romauld Boco for his first of the season, as Orient move up to fourth.

 

Steve Davis named an unchanged lineup after their 3-1 home victory midweek over Solihull Moors. Whereas the visitors made two changes one forced as Stuart Lewis serves his three match ban for Tuesdays red card and Alex Finney are replaced by Jack Paxman and Alex Wynter.

 

Orient had a lively start and threatened just four minutes in, as Joe Widdowson was played in at the by-line by Jobi McAnuff, Widdowson’s low ball across goal could not be steered goalwards by Macauley Bonne.

 

Delano Sam-Yorke had the ball in the back of the net for Maidstone, as the ball was hung up to the far post for him to guide in but he impeded O’s keeper Charlie Grainger in the process and Orient breathed a sign of relief.

 

Bonne picked the pocket of the Maidstone defender and went to strike just outside the box but mistimed his shot and was collected by Captain Lee Worgan.

 

Maidstone nearly took the lead, as Sam-Yorke’s clever ball over the Orient defence found Joe Pigott whose shot through on goal was smartly saved by Grainger and Tom Wraight fired the rebound over.

 

Orient again looked threatening but just missing the final ball, as David Mooney slotted a ball for James Dayton to chase who could not quite get there ahead of Worgan.

 

McAnuff worked an opportunity just before the break on the edge of the box and hit his shot which was well stopped down low to Worgan’s right.

 

In the second half, Bonne burst Orient forward from his own half and went to strike but dragged his shot wide of the target.

 

Maidstone had a half chance, through the right back who clipped the ball to the far post for Wraight who guided his header well off target.

 

Orient took the lead on the hour mark, as Jake Caprice cut the ball back for Dayton who whipped the ball in for Mooney to guide into the bottom corner.

 

The hosts’ almost doubled their lead, as Caprice’s low ball across the goalmouth was just beyond Bonne’s stretched leg and could not guide the ball into the net.

 

Maidstone thought they had equalised, as Pigott’s snap shot was well-saved by Grainger and fired in on the follow-up by Sam-Yorke but the linesman raised his flag to Orient’s rescue.

 

The O’s then broke, through Charlie Lee in injury time who slotted in substitute Boco to slide his shot passed Worgan to double their lead and secure the points.

 

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Charlie Grainger, 2 Jake Caprice, 18 Josh Coulson, 5 George Elokobi, 3 Joe Widdowson, 4 Alex Lawless, 8 Charlie Lee (C), 27 James Dayton (86), 7 Jobi McAnuff (79), 10 David Mooney (79), 9 Macauley Bonne

 

Substitutes: 12 Sam Sargeant, 16 Michael Clark, 23 Craig Clay (79), 11 Romauld Boco (86), 19 Josh Koroma (79)

 

Maidstone United Lineup: 1 Lee Worgan (C), 2 Josh Hare, 4 Reece Prestedge (74), 5 Alex Wynter, 9 Delano Sam-Yorke, 10 Jack Paxman, 11 Tom Wraight (80), 13 Joe Anderson, 14 Jai Reason, 16 Seth Nana Twumasi, 32 Joe Pigott

 

Substitutes: 20 Tommy Taylor, 6 Magnus Okuonghae, 17 Harley Willard (74), 21 Harry Phipps, 23 Jack Richards (80)

 

Attendance: 5,085 (595)

National League: Sutton United 2 Leyton Orient 0

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Leyton Orient open their National League campaign with a disappointing 2-0 away defeat to Sutton United at Gander Green Lane.

Jamie Collins gave Sutton the lead from the spot, before Dean Beckwith slid in a second from close range, to give the hosts a dream start to the 2017/18 season.

Under new ownership and new man at the helm for the O’s Steve Davis, started ten of Orient’s 14 summer signings including club returns for both Jobi McAnuff and David Mooney ahead of their new campaign. With a further two newbies on the bench.

James Dayton had Orient’s first half chance in the opening ten minutes, as he was played through out wide and whipped a ball to the far post which had to be dealt with by Nicky Bailey for an O’s corner.

The O’s found themselves behind early on, as Joe Widdowson could not deal with a long ball over the top and clumsily brought down Craig Dundas. Which gave the referee no option but to point to the spot. Collins then stepped up and tucked it away as he sent Charlie Grainger the wrong way.

Orient reacted, as Captain Charlie Lee’s long throw was sent up high, Mooney challenged Jamie Butler but was penalised for a foul on the keeper as the ball nestled in the back of the net.

Sutton double their lead just after the half hour mark, after a great early cross from Ross Lafayette for Beckwith to tuck underneath Grainger and extend their advantage.

Just for the break the O’s had their first real opportunity, as McAnuff’s free-kick was met by George Elokobi but his header went over the bar.

In the second half, a diagonal set piece fell to Lafayette to strike for Sutton but fired wide of the target.

Orient pressed for a way back into the match, as substitute Romuald Boco delivered a ball in for centre back Josh Coulson but steered his header over the bar.

Boco again involved as his corner was flicked on by Coulson but Widdowson at the far post could not guide it on target and was penalised for a foul on the Sutton defender.

Sutton managed the game out to pick up the opening victory, as Orient move on to Tuesday for their first home game against Solihull Moors.

Sutton United Lineup: 26 Jamie Butler, 17 Dan Spence, 6 Jamie Collins, 4 Dean Beckwith, 3 Aswad Thomas, 16 Nicky Bailey (87), 8 Kenny Davis, 15 Craig Eastmond, 11 Kieran Cadogan, 14 Craig Dundas, 9 Ross Lafayette

Substitutes: 5 Louis John, 19 Jeffrey Monakana, 20 Tommy Wright (87), 21 Moses Emmanuel, 23 Josh Taylor

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Charlie Grainger, 2 Jake Caprice, 18 Josh Coulson, 5 George Elokobi, 3 Joe Widdowson, 4 Alex Lawless, 8 Charlie Lee (C) (80), 27 James Dayton (84), 7 Jobi McAnuff (69), 10 David Mooney, 9 Macauley Bonne

Substitutes: 12 Sam Sargeant, 16 Michael Clark, 23 Craig Clay (80), 11 Romuald Boco (84), 19 Josh Koroma (69)

Attendance: 3,198