Ross Embleton made three changes from last weekend’s draw with Oldham. Defenders, Sam Ling and Joe Widdowson, both picked up knocks during the week meaning Marvin Ekpiteta and Myles Judd were drafted in to replace them in the starting lineup. While Craig Clay returned to central midfield in place of Hector Kyprianou.
There wasn’t an awful lot to report on in the first ten minutes with both sides taking their time to settle into the game.
It was the O’s who ended up settling the better though, and they created the first real chance of the game in the 11th minute. Jordan Maguire-Drew delivered an inch perfect cross onto the head of Conor Wilkinson. However, the striker could only direct his effort onto the woodwork.
Maguire-Drew was involved once again just before the half hour mark. His in-swinging free-kick causing havoc in the Bantams penalty area, with both Ekpiteta and Dan Happe having efforts blocked from close range.
The visitors had to wait until the 45th minute for their first shot on target. Armadie Oteh got goal-side of Jamie Turley but could only fire his shot straight at Sam Sargeant in the Orient goal.
It remained a cagey affair after the interval. Bradford’s first glimpse of goal in the second half came when James Vaughan flashed a ball across the face of goal which managed to just about evade both sets of players.
Orient’s first real effort following the restart came on the hour mark. Wilkinson broke free of his marker on the right-hand side and made his way into the box, only to be crowded out by a swarm of Bantams bodies as he tried to get a strike away.
The O’s were beginning to get on top as the half wore on. A great sliding tackle from George Marsh won the ball back for his side in a dangerous area, Maguire-Drew latched onto the loose ball, but his shot was well blocked.
From the resulting corner the home side had appeals for a penalty turned away when it looked like Lee Angol had been dragged down inside the box.
Shortly afterwards, Wilkinson brought the ball down on the edge of the box and hit a fierce shot just wide of the post.
In the 75th minute Josh Wright’s corner caused a scramble in the Bradford penalty area that somehow didn’t result in the O’s taking the lead. Wilkinson, Happe and Angol all had efforts blocked at point blank range, before the ball was eventually cleared.
With ten minutes to go, Embleton made his first substitution of the afternoon which saw James Brophy replace the lively Maguire-Drew.
Another chance came and went when Wilkinson again found himself in space on the edge of the box, this time his driven effort rippling the side netting.
Bradford came close minutes later. Vaughan forcing Sargeant into a smart save which the O’s keeper did excellently to keep hold of.
That proved to be the last real effort of note as the game finished goalless.
ORIENT: Sargeant, Judd, Turley, Ekpiteta, Happe, Clay, Marsh, Wright, Maguire-Drew (Brophy 80”), Wilkinson, Angol
SUBS: Brill, Gorman, Coulson, Dayton, Harrold, Kyprianou
BOOKED: Wright 87”
BRADFORD: O’Donnell, Mellor, P. O’Connor, A. O’Connor, Reeves (Palmer 79”), Vaughan, Henley, Wood, Oteh (McCartan 86”), Cooke, Taylor (Pritchard 70”)
SUBS: Sykes-Kenworthy, Richards-Everton, Connolly, Ismail
BOOKED: A. O’Connor 20”
REF: Christopher Pollard
ATT: 6,015 (997)