Orient WFC extended their unbeaten run at the start of this season to five games as they overcame Stevenage 3-1 on Sunday at the County Ground in Letchworth.
A brace from Otesha Charles and one from Connie Montiel-McCann sealed the win for the O’s, in a result which moves them into second place in the league, just three points behind leaders Billericay with a game in hand.
The away side were on the front foot from the off and they almost took an early lead when Charles intercepted Tea Oldroyd’s short goal kick, but the Stevenage keeper did well to recover and smother Charles’ effort.
Oldroyd was called into action again moments later. O’s winger Sophie Le Marchand laid the ball back to Ellie Stenning and curled a shot towards the top corner which Oldroyd did excellently to tip over.
The O’s were ahead shortly after the half hour mark though. Charles wriggled away from her marker and hit a fierce driven shot which deflected in off the post to give her side the lead.
Orient continued to dominate the ball and came close to extending their lead several times throughout the end of the first half and the beginning of the second, before they eventually did just that in the 63rd minute.
Le Marchand made her way into the box and played a teasing ball across the face of goal, which got cleared by the Boro defence as far as Montiel-McCann, who hit a magnificent strike some 25 yards out that nestled into the far right corner of Oldroyd’s goal.
Then just five minutes later the O’s had another. Ria Collins overlapped down the right-hand side and put in a pin-point cross for Charles who nodded home for her second of the day and Orient’s third.
They could have had a fourth late on, when substitute Jasmine Auguste’s curling effort was tipped wide by Oldroyd, before the home side got a consolation just moments from time when Amy Maxwell volleyed past Ogunde.
However, that goal proved to be a largely insignificant dent on what was another impressive performance from the O’s, as they picked up their fourth win of the season.
Next up, Orient travel to West London to take on Actonians at Rectory Park on Sunday, where they’ll be hoping to extend their unbeaten start to six games.
Orient: Ogunde. Collins, Griffiths (C) (Thomas, 78), Bastyr, Montiel-McCann, Trezzi, Ali, Stenning (Mc Nee, 67), Holmback (Holmback, 67), Le Marchand, Charles
Goals: Charles (31, 68), Montiel-McCann (63)
Stevenage: Oldroyd, Dunnage, Ryan, Godbeer, Dunbar, Knell, Pope, Breckenridge, Deacon, Nagle, Makewell (C)
Goal: Makewell (88)