March – A Mixed Bag

March a key month for the O’s, safety not secured yet and the matter of a Tuesday night FA Trophy trip to Gateshead. Would Orient’s run in the trophy be extended or would they fall foul of their defensive problems again?

First up a trip to Dover Athletic, de ja vu, haven’t we been here before at the start of a month, and we all know what happened their. Unsurprisingly the game was far from the goal fest we were graced with in the trophy. With the beast of the east in full effect, it was more of a beach than a football pitch but credit to Dover for getting the game on.

In hindsight with a squad decimated with illness, it didn’t help the O’s as they fell victim to a 1-0 defeat. Orient looked comfortable throughout but their inability to finish off their chances cost them once more. Bonne and Holman both should have given the O’s the lead but Mitch Pinnock had the final say when his curling shot found the top corner and handed Dover the points.

Next the trip we all had been looking forward to Gateshead away on a Tuesday night in March. What dreams are made of, or more fitting nightmares. With only one fit central midfielder and only four subs on the bench, signs were not good. Indeed two minutes in, 1-0 down when Danny Johnson swept home after being unmarked in the box. The O’s looked shell shocked and were 2-0 down when Dan Happe decided it would be wise to take a touch rather than clearing the ball. Johnson nipped in and Happe just kicked him, penalty given, penalty scored 2-0 down, the trophy dream was falling apart.

Lamar Reynolds was causing problems down the left (more from him later) but Gateshead kept coming and Brill had to be on hand to keep the score down. Mooney saw a header saved in the dying minutes of the first half. A rocket was needed at half time, and the response came when James Brophy halved the deficit on 53 minutes. The O’s grew into the contest with Mooney heading the equaliser with 20 minutes to go.

Were Orient going to complete an unlikely comeback, no, the moment that still brings back nightmares even now. Lamar Reynolds what the hell were you doing, just watch the video, I have used far too many expletives on it already. Anyway his school boy defending allowed Barrow to cross, Peniket tapped home the winner. Trust me now, that was one depressing walk back to the hotel in Newcastle then another 3 hours spent with a magician, I bloody love them……..

After the poor performance in Gateshead, Ebbsfleet travelled to Brisbane Road, would  a response come. Well, James Brophy and Josh Koroma were causing havoc down the flanks with Bonne going close. But you’ve guessed it, Orient hit with the sucker punch, as an Ebbsfleet break saw Corey Whitely slot home to make it 1-0. Luke Coulson could have made it 2-0 but Orient responded when man of the moment Brophy smashed a cross shot which Kenny Clark could only direct into his own net. Brophy continued to cause problems but Orient still could be caught on the break, in the end the points were shared.

Torquay at home next, a Tuesday night under the lights at Brisbane Road. The scene was set…. for probably one of the worse performances under Justin Edinburgh. Torquay a side fighting for their lives down the bottom and Orient started strongly but struggled to create chances. Then what everybody could probably sense, a Torquay goal. Brett Williams turned Caprice inside out down the right so much it looked like it was an early audition for Strictly, his cross found Romain who headed home. Safe to say, 1-0 smash and grab, but being at home, it was up to Orient to set the tempo and score the equaliser but they couldn’t.

A trip south to Eastleigh next, with artic temperatures and a wind chill just like a blast freezer, the game was fantastic, end to end, full of chances. I wish I could say that, but it was a game missing any real quality and 90 minutes you wouldn’t get back in your life. McAnuff hit the bar with a free kick and that pretty much explains the chances in the game.

Back to Brisbane Road, Woking the visitors, a team in free fall, surely Orient would bounce back with a win in this one. After Harrold managed barely 360 seconds after yet another injury, Woking could have taken the lead when Jason Banton superb curling effort smashed with bar with Brill an onlooker in the Orient goal. The O’s responding and pressed high, Dan Holman nicked the ball sliding in MacAuley Bonne, he took two bites at the cherry but he made no mistake and made it 1-0.

Brophy was causing mayhem on the left and his mazy run earned a penalty for Orient, Bonne stepped up and finished once more. A comfortable win you may think was coming, actually Woking were obviously given a shot up the rear end at half time. It was all the visitors in the second half with Brill having to be on hand to keep the ball out. The game turned back to Orient after Woking were reduced to 10 men when Regan Charles-Cook was stretchered off due to injury and they made all their subs. Brophy capped a man of the match performance adding a third which made the score line harsher than it should have been.

Last up a Good Friday trip North to Guiseley, the team rock bottom, surely we would end the month with maximum points. In rather uneventful first half where the O’s fans were giving the Guiseley keeper plenty of stick behind the goal. It must of work as minutes into the second half, he took out Bonne and received his marching orders. McAnuff stepped up and curled in a glorious free kick to make it 1-0, the 36 year old was again in brilliant form and added a second this time, cutting in from the right and smashed home from around 25 yards.

Then a goal which definitely will be on Football blooper videos in years to come, Joe Widdowson back past bobbled over Brill’s foot, straight into the Orient goal. Guiseley couldn’t believe their luck, Kent Teague couldn’t believe his eyes. Would Orient blow another lead, no, James Brophy’s run slipped in Mooney who added a third and made it back to back wins at the end of March.

Definitely an up and down month, which certainly highlighted to Justin Edinburgh there was still plenty of work to do at Brisbane Road over the summer. A disappointing end to the FA Trophy run but being 2-0 down away from home after 16 minutes after throwing away a 3-0 lead in the original tie, you don’t deserve to go through. With Orient looking certain of National League status, would Orient keep their unbeaten run going until the end of the season…..


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February – 3-0 Leads are not all they’re Cracked up to be

February, an up and down month where being a Leyton Orient fan  literally puts you through the ringer. Keep on building under Edinburgh was the key and how far can we go in the FA Trophy?

First up a trip to Dover Athletic in the third round of the FA Trophy. Apparently It won’t be that interesting this one, well that was probably what most of us thought when the draw was announced. And how wrong were we. George Elokobi put the O’s ahead in the first half from a corner before the O’s highlighted their superiority just after the break. Macauley Bonne curled the O’s 2-0 ahead with a wonder strike before Matt Harrold struck home just minutes later. How many can we get? This could be any number?

Well, this is Orient and we never do anything easy. 3-0 up and cruising, then Orient do what they do best, crumble. Ryan Bird pulled a goal back before Orient should have buried Dover out of sight, Bonne twice should have netted but Dover responded. As the game hit last the ten minutes, Mitch Pinnock lobbed Brill after a mix up between Coulson and Brill. Then just minutes later, Ryan Bird equalised leaving the away end shell shocked and baffled to how their side have thrown it away. Then, the moment we had all been waiting for, 1533 days to be exact. A David Mooney chip actually coming off, the first since 23rd November 2013 (Swindon away).  In the 4th minute of stoppage time Mooney’s delicate chip sent the away end in to raptures.

Safe to say, it is never dull being an Orient fan.

Away from the excitement of the trophy, Tranmere Rovers travelled to Brisbane Road. Much less excitement in this one with Orient create a few chances going forward but James Norwood should have put Rovers ahead but poked wide. Orient were holding their own until what was still their Achilles heel, a corner kick, no marking and a free header from Ritchie Sutton put Rovers ahead just before half time.

Elokobi was far from his best in this one, and Norwood should have doubled their advantage after he robbed the O’s center back but blazed over. Then a stroke of luck for Orient, Caprice’s low cross fell to Holman who stabbed towards goal, the ball cannoned off a Rovers player and nestled in the goal. Brill had to be in top form to preserve a point, twice making brilliant stops from Cook to keep Orient ticking over.

Next up a trip to AFC Fylde, one of my favourite grounds of the season. Newly built, well presented, smart, a club on the rise. Unbeaten at home since early October, could Orient end that run, indeed they could and it should have been more than just the one. Holman’s and Bonne’s link up was good all game with the former brought down for a penalty which Bonne duly dispatched.

Second half, I still am puzzled to how Orient did not make it two, three and four. Squandering chance after chance after chance, we will be made to pay for them and we nearly were. A stunning block in the dying minutes, ensured Orient of three points and a precious clean sheet.

A midweek, overnighter up North in Chester was next on the agenda. A club who had their money problems, something Orient knew all too well after last season’s campaign. In a turgid game where chances were few and far between Orient grabbed all three points when James Brophy’s shouldered home in the second half. Somehow Bonne couldn’t make it two when he skied over when inches from the goal. Who cares. Two 1-0 away wins on the bounce, a long while since that happened.

Last up Gateshead at home in the quarter final of the FA Trophy, we all know what happened in the last round. Josh Koroma curled Orient ahead with a glorious strike before the break and the O’s looked comfortable. In a game where it was streamed all round the world, they were presented with LOFC goal of the season when Ebou Adams thundered home from 30 yards to make it 2-0. Josh Coulson glanced Orient into that “comfortable 3-0 lead again”.

Then the game changer, Danny Johnson gave Gateshead home turning home with 22 minutes to go before Ebou Adams left the pitch with an injury. A blow which saw Orient sit deeper and deeper, a mix up at the back leaving Coulson on his heels saw Johnson nip in and make it 3-2 with 12 minutes to go. It wasn’t going to happen again was it? To right and every Orient fan knew the inevitable was coming. We have supported the O’s long enough to know that it was just what minute was the equaliser coming.

The 90th minutes was the answer when Richard Peniket glanced home the leveller to give the Orient fans a lovely, trip North to Gateshead on a Tuesday night. Cheers lads..

Normally pundits and ex professionals state 2-0 is the most dangerous score line in football. After February’s shenanigans being an Orient fan 3-0 is just as dangerous. A replay in the trophy coming in March but Orient should have sitting comfortably in the Semi’s. The question was how much would this set back affect them?

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January – 2018 the Year to Build

A new year, a new start, a new gaffer. 2018 the time to keep building under Justin Edinburgh. After four wins in his first six games in charge, Edinburgh was looking for his side to keep their run going and continue on their upward curve.

First up a trip to local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge, the fourth meeting between the sides in just over three months. A battling 0-0 draw at Victoria Road with it being Orient’s fourth game in eight days and their second in three days. Chances were at a premium with Brill continuing his great form with a brilliant save from Mason Bloomfield in the first half. The O’s were backed by a stable base in defence since Edinburgh’s arrival and should have nicked the points. Mooney saw a header brilliant saved by Mark Cousins but it ended all square.

A contrasting start to 2017 where Orient lost 4-0 away in Exeter, the signs were promising.

Boreham Wood at Brisbane Road next, the side that sit just over 20 miles away, could only bring 166 away fans just down the road. A poor show but their team on the pitch wasn’t, highlighting why Luke Garrard’s men were in the upper reaches of the league. Brill was on hand once more to keep Orient in a game denying Alex Davey from close range. Kieran Murtagh smashed the bar as Boreham Wood were right in the driving seat.

Given a rocket at half time, Orient were much better, Dayton should have scored but his shot from distance flew wide of the goal. Then the controversy, Mooney “collided” with Wood’s keeper, leaving Bonne to slot home but oh no, referee Samuel Allison blew for a foul, debatable to say the least. But another positive, back to back clean sheets for an O’s side who let letting goals in left, right and center early in the campaign.

Away from league action, Orient travelled to Bognor Regis in the second round of the FA Trophy. Another winnable tie in a competition where Wembley was in the offering, but Bognor were well up for the contest. A debut for on loan Norwich midfielder Ebou Adams, who saw the game play around him, as he looked far from match fit. Bognor were the better side in the first half with Brill the busier keeper but in the second half, the game changed. Bognor were reduced to ten men when Richard Gilot received a second yellow card.

Not to accept the advantage, Widdowson receive a second yellow too, ten men apiece but the O’s did take the lead when who else.. Bonne headed home from close range. The O’s were seeing a game out, well that was until a world class finish from Jimmy Muitt. The ball fell out to him and safe to say the best goal scored against us this season, he smashed in on the half volley. Extra time, where Josh Koroma curled Orient into round two, but safe to say, the O’s couldn’t scored a third to safe their lives. Anyway, round three awaits.

Back to Brisbane Road, where Aldershot Town were the visitors, a game where somehow the Orient managed to leave without even a point. The game had barely started when Bonne slotted Orient ahead then the barrage on the Shots goal. It barely seemed possible two months ago that Orient would be dominating against a top side but that is exactly what they were doing. Bonne, Holman and McAnuff all found Lewis Ward in magnificent form in the Shots goal. But, the sucker punch game when Shamir Fenlon levelled just before the break.

After being in relative control, a carbon copy to Hartlepool in September a goal just before the break and one straight after. James Rowe’s free kick smashed the bar before Will Evans slotted home the rebound. But Orient responded, when George Elokobi bicycle kicked the O’s level from a corner. A draw was about the right result but the impressive Brill who had earned points in the last month saw a shot fizz beneath him and hand Aldershot the win.

January ended with a Tuesday night trip to FC Halifax after the trip early in January was postponed due to an uncovered frozen pitch, don’t get me started on that one. Fox in the box, Bonne netted once more to put Orient ahead before the O’s again appeared to forget that Halifax had that very small, 6ft 8 center forward Tom Denton, who levelled.

But the O’s had been different under Edinburgh and Josh Koroma gave Orient a deserved half time lead. A game where Ebou Adams’s emergence came to the fore where the on loan Norwich midfielder “rolled down the A1 with three points”. Another positive performance and result, where Kent Teague highlighted his love for George Elokobi at the end of the game.

Five Games, one defeat, the positivity continues, Orient continued to climb and with a third round tie in the FA Trophy in February, could Orient end up at Wembley?

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December – We Finally Win

After 14 league games without a win, Justin Edinburgh took charge of his first batch of games. Would the former Northampton man get the new manager bounce?

In his first game, Edinburgh’s O’s travelled to face rock bottom Solihull Moors, can you sense where this one is going? A major call from Edinburgh putting goalkeeping coach Dean Brill between the sticks, a man who hadn’t played a game for two and half years. In a shaky start where Orient continued their performance for Torquay, Brill was keeping the O’s in the game. Joe Widdowson made some last ditch tackles but Solihull struck with you’ve guessed it…. a free header.

Well I think Dean Brill would tell you right now that it was a mistake at his near post. Orient struggled and it could have worse had Brill not saved a penalty in the dying minutes. 15 league games, no win, frustration was for all to see in the away end with emotions running high.

Could Edinburgh halt the run at home to joint leaders Sutton United. Indeed he could and what relieve there was all around Brisbane Road. Bonne struck from the spot after Dayton was taken out in the box. A totally different Orient side, who had their passion back but were thankful for a fine Dean Brill stop which on other day changes the game.

Harrold doubled the advantage early in the second half with a header before Bonne struck his second of the game. It was happening, a win at last well Orient did have to concede first when Tommy Wright fired home. But Dayton wrapped up victory and finally “Rocking all over the world” reverberated around Brisbane Road.

With a League win under the belt, the O’s travelled to Haringey Borough in the first round of the FA Trophy. A team 58 places below Orient but with a new manager, would the tie still be a banana skin? Certainly after conceding within five minutes. Returning Josh Coulson knew he was in for a fight with Haringey all over Orient. A brilliant Brill save kept Orient in the game.

Second half, it was a totally different contest, Edinburgh gave them a rocket, Coulson volley home from a corner seconds before he was substituted. Then within seconds of coming on Matt Harrold headed Orient to Round Two from another corner. Two wins in a row, what is going on at Orient? Edinburgh’s side just about past the test, on to the next one.

Maidstone United away and another plastic pitch. You’ve guessed it….. actually we won on a artificial surface for once, what is going on? On loan Bondz N’Gala poked Orient ahead from yet another corner. Orient were realising what National League football was all about. Compact, tough to beat and doing the nasty parts of the game. Orient wrapped up their third, yes third win a row when Bonne swept home a Jake Caprice cross. Sending the Orient fans, who had been packed in the away end like cattle, into raptures. Even breaking the gate onto the pitch, yes you know who you are……..

A boxing day derby against Dagenham & Redbridge was next in the offing. A chance to treat the old man and become part of the prawn sandwich brigade for a day. A great day including a fine victory, a fourth on the spin. Coulson’s headed (well it is hard to miss with the sheer size of the thing) the O’s ahead in the second half, after a wonderful Dayton cross. The winger was at it again when he laid in Macauley Bonne who took two bites at the cherry before squeezing the ball home. A feel good factor was starting to return, with the spirit in the squad clear to see.

The month and year was seen out when Bromley arrived in E10. The O’s were keen for some revenge after their 6-1 mauling back in August. But once more than small, irritating striker in George Porter managed to get N’Gala sent off, much to the anger of Edinburgh and the rest of the Brisbane Road crowd. Unfortunately Louis Dennis curled Bromley ahead in the first half but any onlooker will tell you now, how Orient didn’t get a least point it beyond them.

Playing with 10 men, Orient were creating chance after chance after chance, but nothing was dropping in. Coulson was winning everything from set pieces, he had one cleared off the line, one smash the post but nothing nestled in the net. A second defeat under Edinburgh, the key was how would they respond after another setback?


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November – Time For Change

With the O’s without a league win since the Start of September, the pressure was ever growing on Orient’s head coach Steve Davis, the question was how much patience would the new Owners have?

First up, an FA Cup First Round Trip to Gillingham, a fantastic tie, well…. I think you will find it a struggle to find any O’s fans who thought that at the time. The only benefit this time is we had a roof!. Playing a team two divisions higher and severely out of form was always going to be a challenge for Orient. Especially when you leave men unmarked in the box which is exactly what they did allowing Josh Parker to head home the opener.

The O’s rallied in the second half with a change to a 4-4-2 diamond and they really should have levelled. Mooney, Dayton and Sendles-White all went close but the O’s were dealt with a sucker punch. With 74 minutes on the clock, WWE ensued with Sendles-White wrestled to the floor before Tom Eaves netted the second. James Dayton halved the deficit but the O’s couldn’t find a way back even finding themselves down to 10 men after Joe Widdowson received a second yellow card.

A week on and back to league actiona late kick off on BT Sport away at EbbsfleetI think you know what is coming. Yes a defeat and the last game in charge for Steve Davis who was dismissed in midweek after the game. Another game, another early goal conceded, a cross from the right touched home by Andy Drury. Orient rallied with Harrold twice going close but once more, a cross from a wide area and a header in. This time Danny Kedwell connecting with a Myles Weston cross.

He’ll be gone by Monday” were the words I uttered to my old man as it went 2-0.  James Dayton halved the deficit late on but as the O’s extended their winless run to ten league games, Davis’s time was up. Oh and we still remember that incident Sendles-White, trying to fight a fan…. needless to say he didn’t stay for too long…..

With Ross Embleton in temporary charge, league leaders Dover Athletic was exactly what Orient didn’t need. But with a fresh man at the helm, the O’s responded and really should have grabbed all three points. Nortei Nortey curled Dover ahead in the first half but the O’s were right up for the contest. Somehow the scores remain level after the break mainly down to an inspirational performance from Mitch Walker in the Dover goal. Keeping out Bonne on more than one occasion but midfielder Craig Clay wasn’t to be denied and he levelled with 12 to go. The O’s threw everything at Dover but Walker was in fine form. An improvement under Embleton but still they were missing that elusive league win.

Hopefully Tuesday and a visit of Chester City could see the O’s pick up a win. Well, the referee seemed to have other ideas, in one of the worst displays ever seen at Brisbane Road (there have been plenty). Bonne nodded the O’s ahead early on before Chester were awarded a goal with the ball deemed to have crossed the line, with the linesman miles away and the referee without a clue, they made the decision. Ross Hannah fired Chester ahead with a free kick before yet more controversy. Incensed enough, Orient fans were outraged when Sendles-White was given his marching orders after “apparently bringing down Nyal Bell”. Sam Sargeant saved the penalty and the O’s battled back for a point when Jobi McAnuff fired a screamer home in the second half.

13 games and counting without a league win when they travelled to Torquay United where not many Orient fans held out much hope. With Orient in free fall and heading to a side second bottom, need I say more where this one is going. They wanted it more, right from the off, Orient’s preparations weren’t exactly helped when James Brophy was recalled by Swindon on Friday afternoon but they still have to put a performance in.

Josh McQuoid struck early before Zain Wesbrooke opted to play for Torquay providing Luke Young with a free ball and run to fire them 2-0 ahead. The O’s were no where and it was a painful watch especially when Jamie Reid made it 3-0 within two minutes of the second half kicking off. A dark day in Devon, made even better by Jake Caprice bottling the fight and receiving a red cad for a horrendous challenge. One of the worst performance I have seen as an O’s fan, surely it can only get better…….

The O’s did appoint a new head coach with former Northampton man Justin Edinburgh taking the reigns, first up a trip to rock bottom Solihull Moors in December, Can you sense what is coming…….


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October – A Win Came But not in the League

After two contrasting months of the season, Orient moved into October without a win since the 2nd September. With long away trips ahead and a date with local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup, what would October bring?

First up a midweek trip to Tranmere Rovers, you can sense what is coming, a game on BT Sport. Yes, you got it another defeat. Much like Hartlepool in September, the O’s took the lead when Matt Harrold turned in James Dayton’s cross. But in the torrential rain and blustery conditions, Orient’s defense went walkabouts again allowing Andy Cook to finish after a fine save from Charlie Grainger. Both sides went close but Orient succumbed to a late James Norwood header to extend their winless run.

After just getting home, back up North to Barrow we went, where you guessed it dark, bleak and horizontal rain on the uncovered terrace. The first sight of a back three for the Orient with Joe Widdowson proving most of his doubters wrong with a fine performance. David Mooney fired the O’s ahead before a very fortunate leveller from Bedsente Gomis after his mistimed volley bounced over Grainger. Craig Clay restored Orient’s lead with the mother of all penalty box scrambles but once more the O’s defensive frailties popped up. A free header inside the box and a sleeping Mark Ellis allowed Jordan White to tap home for a point.

A break from the League with a trip to Dagenham & Redbridge in FA Cup qualifying action. A first for Orient who after relegation had to fight to make it to round One. In a cagey affair both Bonne and Mooney hit the crossbar while Bonne also missed the target with a header. But finally the winning feeling returned in the replay on Tuesday when Bonne notched to send Orient to round One. The relief on Steve Davis’s face was for all to see, but could they grab three points in the League?

Well, it probably should have been when Macclesfield visited Brisbane Road. After strong winds disrupted kick off with the “energy bet” hoardings failing in the wind. With the brief disruption, the O’s started on the front foot and should have been ahead. However much like recent weeks, a lapse in concentration allowed Scott Wilson to head home at the back post after Jake Caprice decided he would be better left unmarked. The O’s huffed and puffed in the second half and should have been level but that was how it was running for Orient at the time.

A quick response and a chance to bounce back on Tuesday against Gateshead. Well the response was Steve Davis changing formation more times than the ball went out of play in the first half. A unchallenged cross into the box and free header, need I say more, allowed Jordan Burrow to put Gateshead ahead. Orient struggled to create with David Mooney getting confused inside the box taking a million and one touches before seeing his shot saved. A guilt edge chance, which Gateshead put behind them when an early Christmas contender for the Bloopers DVD’s. A long ball forward, easy to deal with but when no Orient player takes control, Mark Ellis heads the ball past the onrushing Grainger, leaving Burrow to notch his second.

A European away day, well it may have only been in Wrexham but they all count. A quick start was needed from the O’s…….. well it was after they picked the ball out of the net after 30 seconds when Chris Holroyd put Wrexham in front. With injuries and suspensions in the squad, Zain Westbrooke was handed a start in midfield and was the best player on the pitch. Wrexham sat back and allowed Orient to play, Bonne levelled when his cross shot from the left found the top corner.

Despite being without an away win since the start of September, Orient were the better side with Dayton seeing a wonderful effort cannon off the bar. However, in true Orient fashion, Wrexham went ahead three minutes later when Holroyd swept home. But after his mistake on Tuesday, Mark Ellis responded powering home the equaliser much to the delight of Kent Teague who was celebrating in the away end.

Another month, no league win but at least we’ve won a game. The pressure on Steve Davis is continuing to mount, how long will the former Crewe man last…..

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September – The Start of the Slippery Slope

After a promising first month of the season in E10, The O’s sat in 3rd position something that was beyond any fans dreams after the defeat at Sutton on the opening day. However, this was far from the position we would end the month in.

Guiseley arrived first in E10 where that man Macauley Bonne continued to fire the goals in. After falling behind early to an Odedayi finish, Bonne dispatched two penalties the second after a trade mark Mooney fall…… Next up fresh from the bench Matt Harrold nodded his first for the club before Bonne notched the first O’s hat trick at Brisbane Road in the League in 11 years. Would the O’s continue their good form?

A local trip to Boreham Wood was next where the first half of the season would unravel right before O’s fans eyes. Outplayed on a pristine pitch, maintained by Arsenal who pay One Million a season on the up keep and battered by wind and rain on the uncovered terrace. After conceding around the half hour mark, Bonne wasted a glorious chance on half time before Boreham Wood added a second after the break. A game in which David Mooney by his own admission stated “he had a shocker”, I am pretty sure every O’s fan there that day could vouch for that. Then after losing Josh Coulson to injury, Orient other first choice center back George Elokobi failed to finish the game through injury. A tale of what was to come …..

A response was needed by the O’s and they didn’t have to wait long as FC Halifax were next to travel to E10. However with a make shift center back pairing who failed to deal with Tom Denton who wouldn’t look out of place in Land of the Giants. The 6ft 7 forward was left free reign to nod to his strike partner for number one before the O’s back line inexplicably left the tallest, most obvious target for a free kick, free at the back post to nod number two. Struggling to contain Denton, Matt Kosylo was running rings around Jake Caprice and wrapped up victory from the spot for number three.

Hartlepool next, in front of the BT Sport Cameras, need I say more. Another game on the box, another defeat. But the O’s took the lead in this one, Jobi McAnuff slotting home in the first half with the O’s playing well they should have had more. Well, where have we heard that before, the game turned on two set pieces either side of half time where the O’s decided not to challenge or defend two balls into their box. The result a 2-1 defeat their third in a row, were the wheels falling off??

Could the O’s end the slide at Aldershot? Yes but if you had said that after half hour, all the O’s fans would have been laughing. After Cheye Alexander fired the Shots ahead, it was all one way traffic before a light breeze blew Jamie Sendles-White over allowing Matt McClure to make it 2-0. The O’s were shell shocked but after Craig Clay halved the deficit before the break, the O’s pushed for a second and somehow, still I am baffled now how Bonne’s header was kept out. A different game in the second half where Aldershot should have wrapped up victory through Rendell but in true National League fashion a route one goal gave Orient a point with Boco notching the equaliser.

No win but a draw, could Orient return to winning ways when AFC Fylde sorry AFC Rowe visited E10. The prolific frontman put Fylde ahead after Orient’s defensive wall capitulated right before Charlie Grainger eyes. Recently promoted Fylde started to sit back with Orient struggling to level. Rowe highlighted his predatory finishing making it two, smashing home from 30 yards at the start of the second half. Orient should have pulled a goal back when on loan defender Mark Ellis somehow headed over from five yards out. McAnuff did halve the deficit finishing at the back post, but the O’s fell to another defeat.

Where was the next win coming from………

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