Leyton Orient grab their first win since the start of September with a 4-1 victory over high-flying Sutton United at The Matchroom Stadium.
Orient took an early first half lead from the spot, as Macauley Bonne struck home.
The O’s doubled their advantage early in the second half, after a Matt Harrold header.
Bonne got his brace later in the half with a fierce strike from close range, Tommy Wright scored Sutton’s consolation as James Dayton restored their advantage with a long range deflected strike.
Justin Edinburgh oversaw his first home game for the O’s and made one change to his side that lost 1-0 away at Solihull Moors, as Alex Lawless started ahead of Henry Ochieng.
Orient started brightly and four minutes in a corner by Jobi McAnuff came to Dan Happe at the far post but his shot was well-stopped on the line.
The O’s were given a gift just five minutes in, as Dayton raced into the box and was brought down by Simon Walton which gave the referee no option but to point to the spot. Bonne stepped up and despite Jamie Butlers attempt to put off Bonne fired the ball into the top corner.
Sutton had an opportunity to respond, as Ross Lafayette found room inside the box but his shot was palmed away by Dean Brill.
The away side again pressured the Orient defence, as a long ball up field was flicked on for Craig Dundas to guide on goal but Brill stopped the shot.
Bonne was given another chance for his second goal, as a high ball was not collected by Butler to spill in front of Bonne who lifted the ball goalwards but was cleared off the line.
A great move by the host almost doubled their lead, as Matt Harrold played the ball out to McAnuff who burst into the box clipped the ball across the six-yard box and Bonnes’ header went just wide of the target.
In the second half, Sutton pounced on a poor clearance and Craig Eastmond’s shot was held by Brill.
Orient grabbed their second of the afternoon, through McAnuff’s quality set piece delivery Harrold guided in.
The hosts grabbed their third with ten minutes remaining, as Dayton slipped in substitute David Mooney whose shot was blocked only for Bonne to fire in the follow-up from close range.
Sutton denied Orient’s clean sheet, as substitute Tommy Wright struck from inside the box for Sutton to beat Brill at his near post.
Dayton restored Orient’s three goal cushion shortly after, with a long-range strike which deflected into the far corner to claim all three points for the O’s.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 20 Dean Brill, 3 Joe Widdowson, 4 Alex Lawless, 7 Jobi McAnuff, 9 Macauley Bonne (94), 14 Myles Judd, 23 Craig Clay, 24 Matt Harrold (78), 25 Dan Happe, 27 James Dayton, 33 Bondz N’Gala
Substitutes: 1 Charlie Grainger, 10 David Mooney (78), 15 Aron Pollock, 19 Josh Koroma (94), 31 Zain Westbrooke
Sutton United Lineup: 26 Jamie Butler, 6 Jamie Collins,9 Ross Lafayette, 11 Kieran Cadogan, 14 Craig Dundas (69), 15 Craig Eastmond (65), 16 Nicky Bailey, 17 Dan Spence, 22 Simon Walton, 27 Simon Downer, 30 Tom Bolarinwa
Substitutes: 4 Dean Beckwith, 5 Louis John, 20 Tommy Wright (58), 23 Josh Taylor (65), 32 Ross Stearn (69)
Attendance: 4,180 (443)
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)