Orient were held to a 2-2 draw at Whitbreads Sports Ground by AFC Wimbledon on Saturday morning.
Jaedon Phillips was the danger man as Orient were denied a two goal lead by Wimbledon. The O’s would have taken the victory, but a late double blow from The Wombles saw the points shared.
In what was a scrappy affair, Phillips broke the deadlock after 14 minutes. A long ball up field from Keeper Samuel Amedu was not dealt with by the away sides defence. After a couple of bounces, the ball fell kindly for Phillips.
The forward capitalised and sent a stunning 35-yard volley into the net leaving the Dons 'keeper stranded at the edge of his box.
Orient doubled their advantage 60 minutes into the game in a much similar fashion, Amedu, again, sent a goal kick into opposition territory, the ball was met by an Hector Kyprianou's head, and then looped in behind the defensive line.
Phillips raced through, driving towards goal, leaving defenders in his dust, before he calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner.
The O’s hadn’t been threatened, but the away side began to find momentum late into the second half. 15 minutes from time, Wimbledon pulled a goal back.
The Dons were patient in finding an opening, and found one when the ball was hustled to a forward in space on the edge of the box. The player in blue found the back of the net with a low drive into the bottom corner of the net.
The goal give Wimbledon hope, and they began to sense an opportunity. Crosses were pouring into the Orient box, but the backline stood firm, however Wimbledon kept on persisting and soon found their break.
5 minutes from the full time whistle, a whipped ball was taken down by the target man; under pressure, he set up his striking partner to smash home a volley into the top corner.
With little time left in the game, neither side could force a chance to steal a winning goal. Orient will be disappointed to have seen a two goal lead squandered, but will be happy to have ended a streak of defeats.
The O’s will now look forward to their next fixture, as they host Southend United.
ORIENT: Samuel Amedu, Jayden Sweeney, Alfie Fleming, Ernold Haxhiu, Brendon Shabani, Wynford Marfo, Lawrence Hammond, Hector Kyprianou, Jaedon Phillips, Bradley McClenaghan, Charles Clayden
SUBS: Rhys Byrne, Kyrelle Palmer, Jordon Adeyemi, Finley Lovatt, Jeremie Sivi
Goals: Phillips (2)