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REPORT: Leyton Orient 0-0 Braintree Town

27 April 2019

A point against Braintree Town was enough to see the O's back into the Football League after two seasons in the National League.

Head Coach Justin Edinburgh named an unchanged XI for this afternoon’s fixture, the bench was also the same for the final game of the season.

Orient began the afternoon strongly and enjoyed the majority of the ball forcing two early corner kicks which Braintree defended well.

The third corner led to shouts of handball against early sub Oscar Borg after Jamie Turley’s cross looked to have struck the defender on the arm. Referee Josh Smith waved play on.

Our real first shot on goal came shortly before the 20-minute mark. Jobi McAnuff looked to try his luck from distance but a deflection took the sting out of the shot to see it almost bounce beyond Ben Killip who was glad to get two hands on the ball.

Captain McAnuff took aim from a similar distance ten minutes later, this time Kodi Lyons-Foster was present in the box to block with his body.

Orient ended the first half comfortably on top but remained level in a half of little chances.

Again, the O’s were firmly in the driving seat and we thought we had taken the lead through Macauley Bonne who turned the ball into the net following Widdowson’s cross but the official had his flag up for offside.

Braintree came close to an opener after 70 minutes, Mohammed Sogaf whipped a free-kick into the box, underneath the cross bar but Dan Happe there and alert to head clear.

Chances in the final stages were few and far between but the O’s saw the game out in a professional fashion to earn promotion back in to League Two.


ORIENT: Brill, Widdowson, Coulson, McAnuff (Lee 71), Clay, Bonne, Happe, Brophy (Maguire-Drew 88), Koroma (Harrold 84), Ekpiteta, Turley
SUBS: Sargeant, Simpson
BOOKED: Clay, Ekpiteta (51)
GOALS:

BRAINTREE: Killip, Eleftheriou, Karic, Henry, Richards, Lyons-Foster, Matsuzaka, Sogaf, James, Atkinson (Borg 8), Allen (Cerulli 79)
SUBS: Temple, Eze, Gipson
BOOKED: Allen (26), Borg (65)
GOALS:

REFEREE: Josh Smith
ATTENDANCE: 8,241 (171 Braintree)


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