Bury 0 – 2 Leyton Orient
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KEVIN LISBIE’S double fired Orient to an eighth straight win at Bury on Saturday.
The O’s magnificent run rolled on to another game thanks to the brace from the veteran striker, who netted either side of the break.
His first came via an assist from his equally in-form strike partner David Mooney, while he turned home a Lee Cook corner on 56 minutes to make sure of the points.
The three points took the O’s up to 11th in the table – their highest League position for more than a season – as their upward curve continued pointing in the right direction.
After Dean Cox and Martin Rowlands shot off target from range early on, the game settled down with neither team able to create a clear cut opening inside the first 20 minutes.
But with 21 minutes on the clock the visitors were indebted to Mathieu Baudry’s fine goalline block for keeping them on level terms.
The Frenchman, flung himself to the right to cut out Zac Thompson’s shot with his chest after the hosts got in down the right to cross low.
Orient were more clinical when their first real chance arrived 10 minutes later.
Mooney was the architect, turning provider following his two-goal blast in midweek to drift beyond Ethan Ebanks-Landell’s challenge and feed the ball in to Lisbie 12 yards from goal. The Jamaican international made no mistake, finding the bottom left hand corner with aplomb to give the Londoners the lead.
Gary Sawyer wasn’t far away from a second shortly afterwards when he fired over on the turn after Ben Chorley knocked Cook’s cross down inside the area.
The O’s were starting to take a grip on the contest and should have doubled their advantage two minutes after the restart when Dean Cox pinched possession in midfield and slipped Lisbie in, but this time home keeper Trevor Carson saved with his legs.
At the other end Ryan Allsop showed fine reactions to deny Andy Bishop from close range after Peter Sweeney’s dangerous cross from the right found his head.
Just as in the first half, Orient responded to a good Bury chance with more assured finishing of their own as Lisbie notched his second to take a giant step towards the points.
He got across his man with great sharpness to meet a dipping Cook corner by the near post and poke into the roof of the net.
Allsop saved a second close range header from Bishop shortly afterwards, but with a second goal under their belts, Orient were in a position of far greater comfort as the game entered its closing stages.
Bury’s Thompson drilled one inches wide of Allsop’s left hand post four minutes from time but there were no further moments of alarm as Orient kept on rolling.
Bury: Carson; Doherty, Sodje, Ebanks-Landell, Skarz; Worrall, Thompson, Sweeney (Schumacher 60), Wylde (Carole 80); Bishop, Hopper (Soares 74)
Subs: Jones, John-Lewis, Hughes, Belford (GK)
Leyton Orient: Allsop; Odubajo, Baudry, Chorley, Sawyer; Cox, James, Rowlands, Cook (A Smith 87); Lisbie (Symes 63 (J Smith 80)), Mooney
Subs: Jones (GK), McSweeney, Cuthbert, Griffith
Goals: Lisbie 31, Lisbie 56
Referee: Chris Sarginson
Attendance: 2,121 (176 away)