Alfreton Town 2 – 4 Leyton Orient
FA Cup with Budweiser Round Two
ORIENT recovered from a slow start to book a FA Cup with Budweiser third round tie at Hull City with a 4-2 victory at Alfreton Town on Sunday.
The Blue Square Bet Premier side were quick out of the blocks and led early on through Paul Clayton’s goal.
But Orient came back to stamp their authority on the contest and moved into a 3-1 advantage by the break thanks to Dean Cox and David Mooney.
Alfreton hit the frame of the goal twice before half time and twice after as they always remained in the contest.
They made the Londoners work for their victory again when Ben Tomlinson scored from close range, but Cox’s second late on sealed the O’s victory.
The home side started at real pace and were rewarded with the opening goal after just four minutes.
Clayton was the goalscorer, firing low under Ryan Allsop’s dive after he broke into the O’s box following a neat passage of play.
The O’s couldn’t get to grips with their non-league hosts early on and were extremely fortunate not to fall further behind as their woodwork was rattled twice in quick succession.
First Tomlinson fired a shot against the base of the near post after Ben Chorley failed to clear a ball inside the box with his head.
Then a Josh Law free kick took a huge deflection off Martin Rowlands’ head and left Allsop as a passenger as the ball bounced against the crossbar.
Orient needed something to settle them and it arrived in the form of an excellently taken equaliser in the 25th minute.
Mooney’s switched play to Cox with a fine pass along the ground and the diminutive winger advanced into the area, chopped back onto his left foot and curled a shot into the far corner.
Lloyd James’ fierce drive was touched over by goalkeeper Jon Stewart as the O’s looked for a second, which arrived from the subsequent corner.
Lee Cook’s delivery flicked off a home defender’s head at the near post and flew across to Mooney to convert at the far.
The turnaround in fortunes had been swift and it was to get better for the visitors on 36 when they netted a third goal inside a an 11-minute spell.
Mooney was the man on the spot to claim his second, rising highest in the middle to meet Cook’s left wing cross with an unstoppable header.
Mooney drew a reaction stop from Stewart as he went close to completing a hat trick before the interval and Alfreton were in danger of sinking without trace.
But a strong start to the second period had them hoping again as they reduced the deficit seven minutes after the restart.
Tomlinson was the man who forced the ball home, turning and knocking in from close range after a corner dropped inside the six-yard box.
Tomlinson went desperately close to another moments later when he scooped a shot onto the top of the crossbar after latching onto a cross at the near post.
Alfreton were throwing the kitchen sink at the O’s and Ross Killock had a header cleared off the line.
The O’s weathered that storm and almost added a fourth midway through the half when debutant Alex Smith made a break down the left and hung up a cross to the back post where Kevin Lisbie’s header brought an excellent save from Stewart.
Mooney also had a shot blocked from close in, but back Alfreton came and they hit the woodwork for a fourth time seven minutes from the end when Law’s 20-yard free kick thudded against the crossbar.
Their hopes were finally killed off though four minutes from the end when Orient won a corner down the left and Cox and Mooney worked it short for the former to take the ball on in space and slide into the far corner.
Alfreton: Stewart; Law, Kempson, Killock, Franklin; Streete, Meadows (Emerton 90+2), Bradley; Arnold, Clayton (Worsfold 90+2), Tomlinson (Denton 82)
Subs: Barnes (GK), Quinn, Brown, Russell
Goals: Clayton 4, Tomlinson 52
Leyton Orient: Allsop; Odubajo, Baudry, Chorley, A Smith (Cuthbert 87); Cox, James, Rowlands, Cook (J Smith 79); Lisbie (Brunt 90+5), Mooney
Subs: Jones (GK), McSweeney, Griffith, Symes
Goals: Cox 25, Mooney 30, Mooney 36, Cox 86
Referee: Bobby Madley
Attendance: 1,104 (281 away)