Ross Embleton made three changes from last weekend’s defeat to Scunthorpe. Jamie Turley and Lee Angol were both given their first league starts since returning from injury, while there was also a recall for Dale Gorman. Marvin Ekpiteta, Jordan Maguire-Drew and Louis Dennis were the ones to make way for the trio.
In the first ever meeting between the two sides, it was Orient who had the first real opportunity of the game.
Two of the players brought into the side linked up well when Angol was fouled just after he had laid the ball off to Gorman. The referee played on and the Northern Irish midfielder almost took full advantage of the decision with his low driven strike hitting the upright in only the second minute.
However, it was the visitors who took the lead in the 15th minute. Former O’s midfielder Ebou Adams tucking home after Dean Brill had parried Liam Shepherd’s shot away.
Embleton was then shown a red card by referee Christopher Sarginson in the aftermath of the goal.
Adams doubled his side’s advantage in the 33rd minute, hitting a low shot into the bottom corner.
Just before half time Forest Green bagged another. Matty Stevens finishing from Jack Aitchison’s cross.
Orient made a change at the break with Maguire-Drew being brought on to replace Gorman.
The former Brighton winger made an almost instant impact, delivering a whipped free kick onto the head of Matt Harrold to pull one back for the O’s ten minutes after the restart.
The home side were right back in the game from that point, showing great intensity and determination to try and find another. Angol came close in the 62nd minute when he brought the ball down in the box with some excellent control and hit a snapshot just over.
The O’s then went even closer moments later, when Wright’s headed effort was tipped round the post by Joe Wollacott in the Forest Green goal.
The second goal came in the 78th minute. Some great work from Angol down the left-hand side eventually led to him delivering a ball into the box which was met by Maguire-Drew, the winger got enough on his shot to beat Wollacott at his near post and spark hopes of a comeback.
If they were knocking on the door before, the O’s began to attempt to thump it down in the final ten minutes. A barrage of corners eventually led to the ball falling in the box at Josh Coulson’s feet, but the skippers’ effort cannoned off the crossbar.
Orient’s search for an equaliser meant that they had to push bodies forward, leaving gaps in the defence, and those gaps were exploited in the 88th minute when Junior Mondal added a fourth with a strike into the bottom corner.
ORIENT: Brill, Turley, Coulson, Happe, Ling (Alabi 90”), Gorman (Maguire-Drew 46”), Clay, Wright, Brophy, Harrold, Angol
SUBS: Sargeant, Ekpiteta, Dennis, Marsh, Ogie
BOOKED: Clay 39”. Brophy 40”, Turley 49”
GOALS: Harrold 55”, Maguire-Drew 78”
FOREST GREEN: Wollacott, Shephard, Bernard, Mills, Rawson, Winchester, Stevens (McGinley 90”), Collins (Mondal 67″), Adams, Mills, Aitchison (Dawson 78”)
SUBS: Thomas, Morton, Godwin-Malfie, Taylor
BOOKED: Adams 54”
GOALS: Adams 15”, 33”, Stevens 43”, Mondal 88”
REF: Christopher Sarginson
ATT: 4614 (264)