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)
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)
Colchester took the lead midway through the half, as Tariq Fosu headed in from close range.
The O’s equalised early in the second half, with a superb individual strike from Sandro Semedo.
The visitors restored their advantage late in the match, as captain Chris Porter tapped in from close range and the game was wrapped up with a third minutes later through substitute Macauley Bonne.
The match was then stopped after Orient supporters invaded the pitch and the final minutes were finished behind closed doors.
Omer Riza made three changes to the O’s side that were relegated after a 3-0 away defeat to Crewe Alexandra last weekend, as Callum Kennedy, Paul McCallum and Jense Jans start ahead of Teddy Mezague, Henry Ochieng and Victor Adeboyejo who shift to the bench.
Colchester had the opening oppertunity, as George Elokobi’s cross field ball to Richard Brindley was cut back to Tom Eastman whose shot was blocked by Aron Pollock.
From the resulting corner, Sean Murray’s whipped in ball was met by Elokobi but his header was weak and straight into the hands of Sam Sargeant.
Orient made their first threat on goal, through Steven Alzate as he threaded the ball into Tristan Abrahams on the edge of the box and hit his shot on the turn which trickled wide of the target.
Colchester then had a dangerous free-kick 25 minutes in, as Brindley whipped in ball fizzed just over the Orient bar.
The visitors’ then grabbed the opener shortly after, as Eastman’s cross was met by Fosu at the far past who guided it past Sargeant.
Orient nearly responded, as Abrahams turned on the edge of the box and curled his shot which went just over the bar.
Just before the break Orient had their best chance of the half, as Kennedy’s early cross for McCallum was stopped by Sam Walker.
In the second half, Orient responded seven minutes into the half as Semedo burst forward and hit a rocket of a strike from Semedo for the equaliser.
Colchester almost restored their lead as Matt Briggs’ hit on the half volley deflected off the Orient defender and looped just over the bar.
Fosu again caused the O’s problems, as he went passed three Orient defenders inside the box but his shot from close range was tame and straight at Sargeant.
Colchester then regained the lead from poor defending by Orient, as Pollock’s pass back was short to Sargeant and Fosu ran on to the loose ball went around Sargeant and cut it back for Porter to tap into an empty net.
The visitors then extended their advamtage, as substitue Bonne wrapped it up with a shot which found the far bottom corner.
The game was then stopped with less than ten minutes remaining after Orient supporters invaded the pitch.
the game restarted two hours after the invasion behind closed doors where the match peated out as Freddie Moncur replaced Micheal Collins.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 24 Sam Sargeant, 3 Callum Kennedy, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Michael Collins (C), 10 Paul McCallum (67), 22 Sandro Semedo, 25 Aron Pollock, 31 Steven Alzate, 34 Michael Clark, 35 Tristan Abrahams, 46 Jens Janse (79)
Substitutes: 39 Arthur Janata, 18 Ulrich Nnomo, 19 Teddy Mezague, 23 Teddy Moncur, 26 Victor Adeboyejo (67), 28 Josh Koroma (79), 32 Henry Ochieng
Colchester United Lineup: 1 Sam Walker, 2 Richard Brindley, 3 Matt Briggs (70), 4 Tom Lapslie, 7 Drey Wirght, 9 Chris Porter (C), 14 Alex Wynter, 15 George Elokobi, 18 Tom Eastman, 23 Sean Murray (74), 31 Tariq Fosu
Substitutes: 29 Dean Brill, 8 Doug Loft (74), 12 Kane Vincent-Young, 19 Macauley Bonne (70), 27 Rekeil Pyke, 32 Tommy O’Sullivan, 33 Lewis Kinsella
Attendance: 6,854 (1,257)
Hartlepool grabbed the opener early in the first half, as Rhys Oates tucked home from close range to stun the O’s.
Orient responded through Victor Adeboyejo shortly after to tap home from inside the six-yard box.
The O’s then went infront before the break with a superb strike from Tristan Abrahams, as he made it two goals in two appearances to raise the roof at Brisbane road.
Omer Riza made one change to his side that drew 2-2 away at Luton Town on Good Firday, as goalscorer Tristan Abrahams was preferred to Sam Dalby who moved to the bench.
Orient had the first shot on goal, as the ball was laid off to captain Liam Kelly whose strike was blocked and collected by Joe Fryer.
The O’s then went more direct and were almost rewarded, as Adeboyejo ran on to the ball into the area and volleyed his shot from a tight angle which had to be palmed away by Fryer.
Hartlepool then took the lead through their first attack, which found Oates inside the area who rid a few challenges and tucked the ball past Sam Sargeant to stun the hosts.
Orient responded eleven minutes later, as Michael Clark burst forward and fizzed a low cross in for Adeboyejo to guide in from inside the six-yard box.
The away side nearly restored their lead, as Padraig Amond went beyond the Orient defence and cut the ball across goal for Lewis Alessandra who shot straight at Sargeant.
Steven Alzate then broke through the Hartlepool midfield and slotted Adeboyjo in on the right side of the box but dragged his shot wide.
Adeboyejo became creator this time for the O’s as he squared the ball across goal for Abrahams to shoot which was saved and cleared by Fryer, to deny Orient the lead.
The hosts took the lead ten minutes before the break, as Alzate wriggled through two Hartlepool defenders and poked the ball through to Abrahams who hammered it into the roof of the net.
In the second half, Orient almost grabbed a third as Michael Collins clipped a ball over the Hartlepool defence to Abrahams who waited for the ball to drop kindly for him to hit a fierce strike which was tipped over by Fryer.
Hartlepool very nearly got the equaliser, as a long ball into the box by Hartlepool fell to Oates whose poor touch was heading in until Aaron Pollock hacked the ball away to safety.
Liam Donnelly for Hartlepool was then given two yellows following dissent towards the referee and then squared up to the official and was sent off for his actions, to end a frustrating day for the visitors but jubilation for Orient who fight on.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Sam Sargeant, 4 Liam Kelly (C), 7 Michael Collins, 19 Teddy Mezague, 22 Sandro Semedo, 25 Aaron Pollock, 26 Victor Adeboyejo (76), 31 Steven Alzate (70), 32 Henry Ochieng, 34 Michael Clark, 35 Tristan Abrahams (84)
Substitutes: 39 Arthur Janata, 10 Paul McCallum (70), 23 Freddy Moncur (84), 28 Josh Koroma (76), 30 Sam Dalby, 38 Dan Happe, 46 Jens Janse
Hartlepool Lineup: 42 Joe Fryer, 2 Carl Magnay, 4 Nicky Featherstone (C) (82), 7 Nathan Thomas, 8 Brad Walker, 9 Padraig Amond (72), 11 Rhys Oates, 15 Lewis Alessandra, 17 Nicky Deverdics, 26 Scott Harrison, 33 Liam Donnelly,
Substitutes: 6 Matthew Bates, 14 Michael Woods (45), 18 Lewis Hawkins, 27 Jack Blackford, 28 Louis Rooney (82), 31 Ben Dudzinski, 38 Devante Rodney (72)
Attendence: 5,411 (351)
League leaders Doncaster took the lead near the end of the first half with a superb low strike from Tommy Rowe.
The O’s equalised just before the break through an unlikely source, as Tom Parkes slotted home to level the match up.
Former O’s striker John Marquis regained the advantage for the visitors with another clinical low strike, after an Orient mistake.
He grabbed his second late on to slot in from close range. Another former Orient player also got on the scoresheet Mathieu Baudry completed the rout shortly after with a great volley to secure all three points.
Danny Webb made five changes to his side they were defeated 5-0 away to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday, as Alex Cisak returns to the side between the sticks ahead of Charlie Grainger. Along with Liam Kelly, Aron Pollock, Nigel Atangana and Michael Clark who replaced the injured Nicky Hunt (Knee) and Callum Kennedy (Groin), with Freddy Moncur and Sam Dalby dropping to the bench repectivly.
Orient were the first to have a threat on goal, as Sandro Semedo’s corner was not totally cleared by Doncaster and Clark header from the clearance went just over the bar from inside the box.
Doncaster nearly took the lead 22 minutes in, when a looping cross into the box found John Marquis to head goalwards which was palmed away by Cisak at full stretch.
The visitors started to assert their pressure on Orient, as full-back Matty Blair whipped in the ball for Rowe to meet but was straight at Cisak.
Doncaster broke the deadlock nine minutes before the break, as Orient did not clear their lines properly and Rowe picked the ball up on the edge of the box and struck his shot low into the bottom corner beyond Cisak.
Orient equalised on the stroke of half-time, as Parkes carried on his run from his own box laid it off to Gavin Massey who fended off his man went passed another Doncaster defender and slotted in the unmarked Parkes who coolly tucked it passed Ian Lawlor – to go in at the break level.
In the second half, Doncaster almost regained the lead as the ball found its way into the six-yard box to Marquis who looked certain to hit the target but for a superb block by Parkes.
The away side did retake the lead, after a bad pass from Pollock straight into the path of Marquis whose shot went in off the post – out of the reach of Cisak.
Doncaster missed a great chance for their third, as Judd’s half clearance fell to Alfie May inside the box but he dragged his shot well wide of the target.
The away side spared another glorious chance, as they broke from an Orient corner and substitute Andy Williams was played in on goal but hit his shot well over.
Williams again was played through Orient’s own wrong doing and burst to the edge of the box but blazed his shot well over.
Doncaster grabbed their third with eight minutes to play, as Williams again broke free of the defence this time he squared the ball across goal for Marquis to fire past Cisak.
The away side got their fourth with four minutes remaining, as the cross came in and Baudry’s first time fierce volley flew into the bottom corner – to see off the O’s and take all three points.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 4 Liam Kelly (C), 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Michael Collins, 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana (88), 22 Sandro Semedo, 25 Aaron Pollock, 28 Josh Koroma (77), 29 Myles Judd, 34 Michael Clark,
Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 19 Teddy Mezague, 20 Rowan Liburd, 23 Freddy Moncur, 30 Sam Dalby (77), 31 Steven Alzate (88), 38 Dan Happe
Doncaster Lineup: 38 Ian Lawlor (45), 2 Craig Alcock, 5 Mathiey Baudry, 6 Andy Butler, 9 John Marquis, 10 Tommy Rowe, 17 Matty Blair, 24 Niall Mason, 25 Conor Grant, 26 James Coppinger (78), 39 Alfie May (72)
Substitutes: 13 Marko Marosi (45), 7 Gary McSheffrey (78), 11 Andy Williams (72), 12 Mitchell Lund, 14 Harry Middleton, 19 Liam Mandwville, 27 Cedric Evina
Attendance: 4,791 (816)
Grimsby took an early lead through Sam Jones’ header to shock the hosts.
The away side then doubled their lead in the second half, through an own goal by Callum Kennedy and capped off the three points with a third through substitute Scott Vernon.
Leyton Orient nearly conceded in the opening minute, as Charlie Grainger was charged down by Callum Dyson but the block was eventually pounced on by Charlie Grainger.
Danny Webb named an unchanged eleven after their enthatic 4-0 away victory at bottom of the table Newport County last week. Although Michael Clark, Nigel Atangana and Rowan Liburd returned to the bench, as Paul McCallum and Sammy Moore were out with knee injuries.
The visitors took the lead to stun the O’s just six minutes in, as Danny Andrew’s was allowed to whip a ball in for Jones to head in at the far post.
Michael Collins’ almost threaded a great ball through for Josh Koroma but his run was just too early, as he was given offside.
In injury time of the first half Dominic Vose, went for goal from a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the box which bounced up infront of Grainger who pushed it passed the post.
In the second half, Grimsby again looked threatening when inside the Orient half. This time a cross was half cleared to Jones who went for an audacious overhead kick which went wide of the target.
Grimbsy burst through the vacant Orient defence, as Jones attacked the box cut inside Myles Judd but Hunt’s last minute challenge denied the away side an almost certain second goal.
The vistors nearly extended their advantage, as Andrew was slotted into the box but he fired over.
Grimsby doubled their lead shortly after, as Jones close range shot from inside the six-yard box was superbly saved initially by Grainger but rebounded back off Kennedy into the net.
Orient nearly got themselves back into the game, as Koroma found some space on the edge of the box and hit a snap shot which went just over the bar.
Koroma again went on his own when he picked the ball up outside the box and wriggled around the defence but his shot hit the side netting.
Grimsby then rounded off the match with two minutes of time, as the ball was lifted over the O’s defence for substitute Vernon to guide his volley into the top corner and seal the three points for the away side.
Kennedy almost got a late consolation in injury time for the O’s, as his strike on the break rattled the post – as the O’s remain second from bottom.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 12 Charlie Grainger, 29 Myles Judd, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy, 23 Freddy Moncur, 7 Michael Collins, 31 Steven Alzate, 28 Josh Koroma, 22 Sandro Semedo, 30 Sam Dalby (70)
Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 34 Michael Clark, 19 Teddy Mezague, 32 Henry Ochieng, 15 Nigel Atangana, 35 Tristan Abrahams (70), 20 Rowan Liburd
Grimsby Lineup: 1 James McKeown, 5 Shaun Pearson, 22 Danny Collins, 3 Danny Andrew, 12 Zac Mills, 18 Tom Bolarinwa (56), 8 Craig Disley, 26 Brandon Comley, 10 Dominic Vose, 35 Sam Jones (82), 29 Callum Dyson (65)
Substitutes: 2 Ben Davies, 20 Andrew Boyce, 21 Scott Vernon (82), 27 Adi Yussuf, 32 Jamie Osbourne (56), 33 Akwasi Asante (65), 34 Luke Maxwell
Attendance: 5,688 (1,086)
Essex Premier were knocked out of the Inter County Championship quarter-finals by West Sussex 25-15, at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club.
West Sussex despatched the Essex side in three sessions, to reach only their third semi-final in their recent history.
Essex manger David Chittock stuck with the majority of the side that overcome Herefordshire, which left some regular Essex players out of the side.
Essex got off to a miserable start, as Alan Jones lost 24-3 to Jack Rollings.
In the pairs, Shirley Walker and Greg Wade were beaten by the West Sussex duo 21-6. With Babs Morokutti and Keith Paxman also going down 16-12 to the West Sussex pair.
Antony Fautley was the only saving grace for Essex in the opening session, as he edged out Chris Page 13-12 which gave West Sussex a 6-2 lead.
In the second session, West Sussex continued to dominate as they beat Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert and Mark Chittock 18-4. Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and Tony Ealham responded as they won 14-8.
In the fours Essex again struggled, as Shirley Banner, Sheila Booker, Roger Booker and Phil Banner were heavily beaten 14-4. In the other four, Pat High, Emily Poulter, Steve Killington and Mitchell Young were held to a 11-11 draw.
West Sussex then gained a healthy 11-5 lead into the break.
Essex made changes at the break, as reserve Paul Bax was substituted into the singles in place of Alan Jones. Ian Arthur also moved into the pairs with Shirely Walker. Shirley Banner sat out, as Linda Lambert slotted into the four and Jones into Mark Chittocks triple.
West Sussex secured the victory after the break, as Rollings edged past Fautley 13-12. Substitute Bax ran Page close but was also beaten 14-10 and claimed the bonus points.
In the pairs Morokutti and Paxman also were defeated 18-5. The newly formed pair Walker and Arthur was the only win of the third session for Essex, with a healthy 16-6 victory but lost the pairs bonus points. To claim the overall match 21-7.
Despite the defeat Essex played on and made the scoreline slightly more respectable, as Binstead, Kay and Ealham won both their matches of the day with a 13-8 win.
The other newly formed triple Wade, Chittock and Jones also won comfortably 16-5, which overturned the bonus points in the triples.
In the fours High, Poulter, Killington and Young came from behind to nick the win on the last 13-12.
The final four to finish Booker, Lambert, Booker and Banner lost out on the final end as they lost 14-12 for West Sussex to take the bonus points in the fours.
West Sussex will now face Cornwall in the semi-finals in two weeks time. With the other semi-final being West Midlands vs ICC reigning champions Norfolk.