Ollie Watkins got the only goal of the night for Exeter in the first half with a close range strike to take them off the bottom of the table, as Orient flirt just above the relegation zone.
Alberto Cavasin made two changes to his side that lost 2-1 at home to Blackpool, as Myles Judd got his first league start for the club with Yvan Erichot out injured. Paul McCallum’s late impact on Saturday earned his call up to the starting eleven, ahead of Ollie Palmer who moved to the bench.
Exeter took the lead 25 minutes in, on the break as Liam McAlinden long deep cross found David Wheeler, who put the ball across goal for Watkins to slot into the far corner.
Orient almost struck straight back, after a sloppy back pass by Exeter played Jay Simpson in down the left flank but held the ball up, as Christy Pym rushed out and the opportunity closed with his pass going astray and was cleared.
Gavin Massey was brought down just outside the box, as Nicky Hunt stepped up and fired the set piece just over the bar.
Exeter thought they had grabbed a second, as McAlinden whipped in a ball on a plate for Watkins unmarked inside the box but his header went wide from six-yards out – despite the offside flag.
Orient’s Alex Cisak came to collect a high ball which he miss-timed, with Wheeler waiting to poach he lifted the ball across the box which was half cleared by Hunt and the danger eventually cleared.
In added time of the first half, Michael Collins burst into box for the O’s and cut across a teasing ball but Exeter Captain Jordan Moore-Taylor did enough flick it away for a corner.
Exeter nearly extended their advantage, as Watkins was in space just inside the box and slotted it into McAlinden who turned his shot goal wards but was saved at the feet of Cisak.
Orient should have equalised 67 minutes in, as Massey’s low ball across goal was slotted towards goal by Nigel Atangana but stopped by Pym. Atangana got to the second ball and his shot rebounded back off the defender and fell to Simpson from close range whose shot was blocked and went over the bar.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 16 Nicky Hunt, 29 Myles Judd, 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy (45), 11 Gavin Massey, 8 Robbie Weir © (45), 15 Nigel Atangana, 7 Michael Collins, 10 Paul McCallum (59), 27 Jay Simpson
Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 25 Aron Pollock, 5 Alan Dunne (45), 32 Henry Ochieng, 22 Sandro Semedo (45), 30 Sam Dalby, 9 Ollie Palmer
Exeter City Lineup: 30 Christy Pym, 3 Craig Woodman, 4 Lloyd James, 11 David Wheeler (66), 14 Ollie Watkins (88), 15 Jordan Moore-Taylor ©, 19 Liam McAlinden, 25 Jake Taylor, 29 Luke Croll, 31 Pierce Sweeney, 33 Reuben Reid (66)
Substitutes: 1 Bobby Olejnik, 8 Robbie Simpson (88), 12 Joel Grant, 16 Matt Oakley (65), 28 Jack Stacey (66), 39 Troy Brown, 20 Matt Jay
Brentwood Town will now face Biggeswade Town at home in the FA Trophy after a feisty 2-1 away victory in the replay against Redhill.
Sherwin Stanley grabbed a brace for ‘The Blues’ with one in each half which cancelled out a Joe Bingham header to put Brentwood into the first qualifying round.
The first opportunity of the game came just after the half hour mark for Redhill as a ball curled in to the edge of the box for O’Flaherty which shot was over.
Brentwood had their first opportunity minutes later as Bantick found Stanley whose left footed shot was saved by Hunter.
‘The Blues’ made a great move almost count as Rees fed in Stanley who let it run for Lomotey and his shot went narrowly over the bar.
The away side had a corner taken by Rees which was met by Stanley and headed just over the bar.
As the break approached Rees’s whipped in corner found Lomotey which he volleyed over from the six yard box.
In added time Brentwood grabbed the lead as a throw in fell to Lomotey who knocked the ball to an unmarked Stanley to knock it in the bottom corner.
Redhill equalised five minutes into the second half as O’Flaherty’s free-kick was drifted into the far post and headed back across goal and in by Joe Bingham.
Brentwood regained the lead two minutes later as Bantick’s long ball over the defence for Stanley to slot past hunter.
Redhill hit the post 67 minutes in as Mcardle’s free-kick rattled off the left post and cleared away by Brentwood.
Joslin almost extended Brentwood’s lead as he slotted in Bantick who beat the offside trap but could not beat Hunter as he blocked it with his body.
Bantick could have sealed the game four minutes to go as Mbulu put him in but his shot went wide.
In injury time Joslin was given a second yellow and sent on his way which had Brentwood’s backs to the wall but saw out the four minutes of added time.
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Chrisitan Mbulu, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Andy Joslin, 7 Sam Bantick, 8 Danny Dafner, 9 Sherwin Stanley (82), 10 Yeshaya Lomotey (56), 11 Robbie Rees (88)
Substitutes: 12 Jack Gardner, 14 Jason Dobbs (88), 15 Adam Rooke, 16 Owen Kabodi (82), 17 Shad Ngandu (56)
Redhill Lineup: 1 Micheal Hunter, 2 Joe Goldsmith, 3 Rob Hill (82), 4 Scott Harris, 5 Bradley Duke, 6 Jack Hope, 7 Chris O’Flaherty (71), 8 Tom Howard-Bold, 9 Javlon Campbell, 10 Fiachra Mcardle, 11 Joe Bingham (64)
Substitutes: 12 John Difford, 14 George Cousins (71), 15 Tyrone Pink (64), 16 Brendan Owusu-Ansah, 17 Leyton Regan (82)
Lewes v AFC Hornchurch at The Dripping Pan
Ryman League Premier Division
Jimmy Mcfarlane will hope his side can continue to “win ugly” after their 3-2 win against Margate last Saturday. The ‘Urchins’ go into the game sustaining their position on the top of the Ryman Premier and intend on staying there with a visit to Lewes. Hornchurch are unbeaten in six league games and have in form striker Stefan Payne to partly thank with three goals in three games, with help from strike partner George Purcell and winger Michael Spencer scoring twice in their last outing edging Margate at home. Hornchurch will hope to make lighter work this weekend after their last couple of games with tight encounters. Although Lewes won’t be a roll over with another tough test ahead for the leaders as they push for promotion currently sitting in 7th place. But can the ‘Urchins’ maintain their good form and stay top of the league?