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 action, a late kick off on BT Sport away at Ebbsfleet, I 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…….