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Lawrence Hammond scored his 8th of the season in-between goals from the visitors, as Stevenage edged the O’s 2-1 at The Whitbread Sports Ground.

The visitors wasted no time taking the lead just five minutes into the game. Stevenage won the ball on the halfway line and broke forward at pace. The ball found its way to a forward on the right-hand side of the area, who hit the ball towards Rhys Byrne’s near post.

Byrne got a glove on the strike put the power on the shot was too hot to handle and the ball ended up in the net.

The Boro looked to double their lead immediately after. A snapshot from the edge of the area was deflected by a red shirt, but Byrne was alert to the trouble and acrobatically tipped the ball over the crossbar, out for a corner.

Orient were back on level terms ten minutes into the game. Central-midfielder Bradley McClenaghan pressed the opposition well, winning back the ball in the final third. McClenaghan saw Hammond in space, and set the striker up for a neat, composed finish. The O’s number nine took one touch, and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Midway through the half, the away team had a goal disallowed by the linesman. A dart down the right channel opened up the Orient defence, but a low cross wasn’t timed well at all, as the forward had already passed the final defender, and was clearly offside when he tapped the ball over the line.

Byrne made a courageous block before the half time interval, keeping the scores level at the break. A through ball looked to favour the forward, but the Orient ‘keeper was quick off his line and made a brave block on the edge of his box.

Ahmed Mirza replaced Anthony Papadopoulos on the hour mark, as Ross Wilding made his first change of the morning.

Shortly after, Hammond was denied a brace by a superb stop by the opposition ‘keeper. Brian Ifeanyi found the striker on the edge of the box with a perfectly weighted pass, which Hammond controlled well, but somehow the latter’s effort on goal was tipped over by the goalkeeper.

Stevenage would reclaim the lead on their next burst forward. A low ball into the area didn’t look threatening, but an improvised backheel from the forward trickled into the bottom corner, narrowly out of reach of Byrne.

Kevin Frempong and Ben Staerck replaced Alex Solomon and Deago Dubar-Bonnie at left and right-back, as the O’s made further changes in the closing stages of the game.

Jayden Young was brought on in place of Brian Ifeanyi with little over ten minutes remaining.

Orient pushed for an equaliser in the closing moments of the game, but the Boro defence stood resolute and held on for all three points.


Next Up: Barnet (A) Oct 26th 


ORIENT: Byrne, Solomon (Frempong 69”), Marfo, Francois-Vernal, Dunbar-Bonnie (Staerck 69’’), McClenaghan, Papadopoulos (Mirza 57’’), Lovett (Young 77’’), Hammond, Sivi, Ifeanyi

GOAL: Hammond 10’’