Exeter City 3 - 0 Leyton Orient
npower League 1
LIAM SERCOMBE scored twice as Orient slumped to their second 3-0 defeat of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Exeter City were the beneficiaries this time as Sercombe's second half double supplemented Jake Taylor's early opener.
It was a fourth consecutive defeat for the O's and one that leaves them still looking over their shoulders just four points above the drop zone.
Orient were caught cold right at the start of the game as Exeter established a lead with just four minutes on the clock.
Taylor was denied by Jamie Jones in the build up, but the home side kept the move alive with Alan Gow cutting back to the striker to roll home via the far post.
The O's were struggling to make an impression early on, although they were desperately close to a leveller on the half hour when Syam Ben Youssef met Dean Cox's corner with a header that bounced off Troy Archibald-Henville on the line and up onto the crossbar.
Exeter broke straight away and Taylor was a whisker away himself, striking the base of the far post with an angled shot across Jones.
David Mooney nodded wide from a Cox delivery as Orient began to get a foothold in the contest, but the home side might have had a penalty four minutes after the restart when Taylor cut across Dean Leacock and went down in the area, but referee Darren Sheldrake was unmoved.
Orient then thought they should have had a spot kick when Archibald-Henville pulled Adam Reed back as he burst through, but Sheldrake ruled the offence happened just outside the box.
Ryan Dickson delivered from the dead ball, which dropped to Ben Youssef inside the area, but he couldn't hit the target with his left foot.
Mooney nodded straight at Artur Krysiak after Ben Chorley flicked on Dickson's long throw, and as Exeter broke they made sure of the points.
They won a a corner when Jones was forced to tip over from Gow's long range effort and after the O's failed to get the flag kick clear, Sercombe drilled home from 15 yards.
The same player netted again on 63 to make it 3-0, firing home after Gow waltzed through the O's back line far too easily and passed for James Dunne to lay off.
Orient's challenge was over and the only good news to come through was that both Wycombe and Walsall had also fallen to defeat
Exeter: Krysiak; Tully, Archibald-Henville, Baldwin, Jones; Dunne, Sercombe, Noble, Gow (McNish 80); Taylor (Bauza 66), Nardiello (Nicholls 80)
Subs: Frear, Pidgeley (GK)
Goals: Taylor 4, Sercombe 60, Sercombe 63
Leyton Orient: Jones; Ben Youssef, Chorley, Leacock, Dickson; Spring; Mooney (Jamie Smith 85), Reed, Laird (Porter 64), Cox; Lisbie (Andrew 74)
Subs: Taiwo, Rachubka (GK)
Referee: Darren Sheldrake
Attendance: 4,142 (288 away)