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………