Josh Koroma’s late first-half strike levelled the scores for the O’s after Danny Whitaker’s opener. The O’s had chances to snatch all three points in the second-half through Macauley Bonne and David Mooney but the eventful game ended level.
Head Coach Justin Edinburgh made two changes to the side that overcame Barrow AFC last weekend. Defender Marvin Ekpiteta comes in to the side in place of Josh Coulson who picked up a toe injury last time out. While Josh Koroma starts in place of David Mooney on the back of his goal scoring substitute appearance last weekend.
Orient fell to a one goal defeat in the reverse fixture when Scott Wilson notched on the stroke of half-time to wrap up the points for the Cheshire side.
Macclesfield Town got the game underway at a packed and very sunny Moss Rose stadium where Nathan Blissett registered the first chance at goal when his towering header flew over the top of Dean Brill’s net.
Danny Whitehead of Macclesfield tested Brill from distance with a powerful, dipping shot but the O’s stopper gathered calmly.
Orient winger James Brophy had the ball in the back of the net early on, but was flagged offside after he collected Macauley Bonne’s pass inside the box.
Danny Whitaker opened the scores at Moss Rose, the midfielder prodded the ball beyond Brill from quite some distance to give the hosts the lead in the 18th minute.
Orient broke in to the hosts half with Josh Koroma leading the line, the front man found a yard of space and fired at goal but for George Pilkington who managed to get a block on the ball.
Soon after, Brill produced an outstanding save to deny Blissett who was free inside the box and headed at the O’s ‘keeper from point blank range.
Successive Orient corners forced a goal as Koroma tapped the ball passed the Macclesfield ‘keeper Shwan Jalal who couldn’t get near the youngster’s effort.
The O’s finished the first-half with the wind in their sails, Koroma collected the ball and ran at the defence before he found McAnuff whose drag back was just a second behind the late run of Craig Clay.
Edinburgh’s men started the second-half in similar fashion to how they ended the first, front-men Bonne and Koroma caused problems for the hosts’ defence in the opening stages.
But soon after, goal scorer Koroma saw his afternoon end early and in injury after the forward made way for David Mooney shortly after the hour mark.
Newly introduced Mooney was involved straight away when his cross for Bonne only just skimmed the head of the leading goal scorer and rolled out of play.
The Irishman was involved again, this time he beat Keith Lowe to Ebou Adams’ long ball forward but the strikers headed touch saw the ball run in to the arms of Jalal.
Orient were dominant in the second-half but a rare Macclesfield chance saw Hancok dive at the ball to head in to the hands of Brill at the far post.
The best chance of the half fell to Orient in the 89th minute. Mooney headed down for Bonne who controlled to shoot but saw the ball blocked, it then fell back to Mooney who smashed the ball at goal but David Fitzpatrick threw his body at the ball to end the game level.
MACCLESFIELD: Jalal, Hodgkiss (C), Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Pilkington, Marsh, Blissett, Hancox, Evans (Brugess 25), Whitehead (Kennedy 89), Whitaker.
SUBS: Ramsbottom, Wilson, De Girolamo
GOALS: Whitaker (18)
BOOKINGS: Jalal (88)
ORIENT: Brill, Widdowson, Elokobi, McAnuff (C), Bonne, Koroma (Mooney 62), Ekpiteta, Clay, Brophy, Adams, Ling
SUBS: Grainger, Lawless, Judd, Happe
GOALS: Koroma (42)
REFEREE: Peter Wright
ATTENDANCE: 3,110 (223)