A second-half Dan Holman goal was enough to secure a point for the O’s after Ritchie Sutton’s first half header gave Tranmere Rovers the lead on 43 minutes.
Head Coach Justin Edinburgh made three changes to the starting eleven who began the victory at Dover Athletic in the FA Trophy last weekend.
James Brophy, Dan Holman, and Josh Koroma came in to the team with Jobi McAnuff missing out due to a neck injury.
Orient last met Tranmere on the 4th October where goals from Andy Cook and James Norwood cancelled out Matt Harrold’s opener as the O’s fell to a 2-1 defeat at Prenton Park.
The O’s registered a half-chance with two minutes played when Josh Coulson angled a header harmlessly over the top from Koroma’s free-kick. Moments later, Koroma got to the by-line before drilling the ball into Holman who was unable to control inside the six-yard box.
After a bright start, Orient were playing with confidence and worked some impressive interchanges going forward. Macauley Bonne showed great strength to knock the ball down into Holman’s path, but the latter dragged his effort wide of the mark.
Tranmere’s first sight of goal came on nine minutes when Dean Brill pushed away Liam Ridehalgh’s curling free-kick as the visitors looked to get a foothold in the game.
With 16 minutes played, Jake Caprice tried his luck with a speculative long-range effort which dipped in the air before dropping over the crossbar. It had been a relatively quiet opening quarter of an hour in terms of clear-cut chances, but Orient had started on the front foot.
Four minutes later, Orient found another opening when Craig Clay clipped a neat ball to Brophy at the back post whose volley was deflected wide for a corner. However, at the other end Tranmere could have broken the deadlock when Norwood diverted Connor Jennings’ effort wide of the goal from close range.
Momentum was firmly in favour of the O’s with just under half an hour played. Ebou Adams’ strike from the edge of the box dropped agonisingly wide of the post after a deflection, before Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies gathered Clay’s long-range drive.
The O’s were experiencing good spells of possession, with Holman and Bonne working hard to support the wide players who were seeing space open up in front of them.
However, much to the home sides frustration it was Tranmere who opened the scoring on 42 minutes when Ritchie Sutton met Josh Ginnelly’s corner at the near post and nodded past Brill to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the break.
The visitors could have doubled their lead just a minute into the second half when Norwood dispossessed George Elokobi before blazing his effort over the crossbar with only Brill to beat.
On 51 minutes, Orient grabbed their equaliser thanks to Dan Holman who netted his first goal for the club. Caprice fizzed a low ball across the box, Bonne got a touch and the ball fell for Holman who squeezed it underneath Davies to level the scores at 1-1.
The O’s were back on the front foot and pushing for a second goal with a buoyant home support behind them. However, Tranmere almost regained the lead when Andy Cook raced through on goal only to be superbly denied by Brill.
Moments later, Brill came to the rescue once again tipping Jennings’ shot onto the post, before Elokobi diverted Cook’s shot onto the crossbar.
The game was beginning to open up with plenty of space emerging in the midfield areas, with both teams pushing for another goal in an end-to-end encounter.
Orient made a double change on 74 minutes, with Dan Happe and Lamar Reynolds replacing Elokobi and Brophy respectively. Shortly after, Adams made way for Alex Lawless in the O’s final change of the afternoon.
As the final whistle approached the O’s looked to secure victory when Reynolds and Holman saw their shots blocked by Tranmere bodies inside the box before Brill had to be alert to get down well to his left to deny Cook the winner in the dying moments as the game ended a draw.
ORIENT: Brill, Caprice, Coulson, Elokobi (C) (Happe 74’), Widdowson, Adams (Lawless 78’), Clay, Koroma, Brophy (Reynolds 74’), Holman, Bonne.
SUBS: Grainger, Harrold.
GOALS: Davies (Own Goal 51’)
BOOKED: Adams (41’), Lawless (82’)
TRANMERE ROVERS: Davies, McNulty (C), Norwood, Harris, Sutton, Cook, Norburn, Jennings, Ridehalgh, Ginnelly (Tollitt 64’), Clarke.
SUBS: Taylor, Mangan, Kirby, Gumbs
GOALS: Sutton (42’)
BOOKED: Harris (59’), Ridehalgh (65’), McNulty (79’)
REFEREE: Alan Young
ATTENDANCE: 4,631 (740 Tranmere)