Chris Brayford made two changes from the win at QPR over a fortnight ago, with Lisa Holmback and Francesca Ali replacing Otesha Charles and Allison McCann.
Charles’ absence meant that Ellie Stenning had an opportunity to start up front and she grasped that chance with both hands when she opened the scoring after ten minutes, finishing neatly from a ball into the box.
After Orient broke the deadlock, the match went into something of a lull with both sides struggling to create anything clear cut.
It wasn’t until the 25th minute that the O’s created another chance. Egle Trezzi met Hayley Barton’s out-swinging corner on the volley but her effort ended up dragging just wide of the target.
Almost out of nowhere, ten minutes later Kent were level. Forward, Amy Russ, picked up the ball around 30 yards goal and let fly, her spectacular strike ended up nestling into the top right-hand corner leaving Latoya Smith in the Orient goal with no chance.
The scores remained tied going into the break, and following the interval, the O’s continued to dominate possession. Although, it wasn’t until the hour mark that they produced another decent opportunity.
One opportunity proved to be all the O’s needed however, as a floated free kick from Barton was turned in from close range by Trezzi to put her side back in front.
Almost immediately afterwards, Orient had another. The ball sat up nicely for Ali in the box and she slammed a shot into the top of the net to give the O’s some breathing space.
Stenning could have doubled her tally in the 75th minute, but her improvised finish was well cleared on the line by a covering Kent defender. That proved to be her final action of the game as soon after she was replaced by Connie Montiel-McCann.
With one minute to go, the home side pulled one back when Lydia Willis poked in from close range following a set piece.
Despite the late scare, Orient held on to secure a crucial three points which saw them move up to 3rd in the National League Division One South East.
Next up for the O’s is a trip to Gloucestershire on Sunday to take on Cheltenham in the first round of the F.A Cup.
Orient: Smith, Anderson, Griffiths, Bastyr, Auguste, Ali, Trezzi, Barton, Holmback, Le Marchand, Stenning (Montiel-McCann 77”)
Subs: Collins, Brown
Goals: Stenning 10”, Trezzi 61”, Ali 62”