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REPORT: FC Halifax Town 1-1 Leyton Orient

8 September 2018

Orient continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw away at FC Halifax Town on Saturday afternoon.

For the sixth consecutive game, Justin Edinburgh named an unchanged XI and only one for this afternoon’s fixture, James Alabi came back in to the side after he served his three-match suspension in place of Levi Lumeka.

James Alabi secured a point for the O's in the latter stages after Dayle Southwell opend the scoring from the penalty spot.

Orient got the game underway at The Shay with Craig Clay from the centre of the field.

Patient build-up play in midfield ended with Josh Koroma’s effort from distance being well held by Sam Johnson in the Halifax net.

The hosts’ first attempt on goal came through Matty Kosylo on the left wing, the midfielder advanced in to the box but watched on as Dean Brill gathered with ease.

Marvin Ekpiteta found the ball at his feet after a James Dayton free-kick wasn’t cleared by Halifax, but the defender’s left footed shot was deflected behind for a corner-kick.

Orient were very comfortable in possession, after 15 minutes Lee, McAnuff and Bonne each had a touch before the latter set Koroma but the forward’s shot was blocked by ‘keeper Johnson.

Ekpiteta found himself in the box again, this time he didn’t know too much about it as Bonne’s blocked header forced the defender to react quick but his shot was diverted by Johnson.

Moments later, Myles Judd received a cross-field ball and whipped the ball in to the box for Bonne, but the number nine couldn’t keep his effort on target.

Orient had a golden opportunity after 27 minutes to take the lead, McAnuff won the ball back in his own half and switched play to James Dayton, the wide man took a touch and squared the ball for Bonne but the forward fired over from 18-yards.

The final chance of a half where Orient should have been ahead came when Lee threaded Widdowson through the back line before the full-back crossed first-time for Koroma who missed the ball by an inch in the centre of the net.

Both teams returned from the break unchanged and Halifax got the clash back underway. Kosylo recorded the first effort of the 45 when a long ball over the top fell to the wide man who shot on target was held by Brill.

Orient should have been ahead when Bonne collected Lee's through ball and drilled a low cross to Koroma at the back post. The forward got a toe to the ball but couldn't direct it inside the post.

Halifax danger man was brought down inside the box when Simon Mather awarded a penalty to the hosts, Dayle Southwell took the kick and converted to put the home side ahead.

The hosts looked to have secured all three points until James Alabi popped up at the back post to smash home from close range after a scramble for the ball in the Halifax penalty area.

Brill kept the scores level as the game ended in a draw when the stopper tipped the ball over from Kosylo's free-kick seconds before full time.

 

FC HALIFAX TOWN: Johnson, Clarke, Brown (C), Kosylo, Southwell (Maher 84), Edwards, Lenighan, Berrett, Preston (Odelusi 90), Skarz, Hanson

SUBS: Rowley, King, Sellars

BOOKED: Hanson (40), Berrett (86)

SENT OFF:

GOALS: Southwell (65)

 

ORIENT: Brill, Judd, Ekpiteta, Coulson, Widdowson, Dayton (Alabi 81), Clay (Harrold 76), Lee, McAnuff, Bonne Koroma

SUBS: Sargeant, Lawless, Happe

BOOKED:

SENT OFF:

GOALS: Alabi (90+1)

 

REFEREE: Simon Mathers

ATTENDANCE: 1,972 (358)

 


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