We fell to a 2-1 defeat away at Bromley this evening in the Vanarama National League and ended the game with 10-men.
Josh Coulson's first-half goal was not enough as Will Finnie handed a red card to Marvin Ekpiteta two minutes after the restart which saw Bromley mount a come-back through Frankie Sutherland and Reeco Hackett-Fairchild.
Head Coach Justin Edinburgh made two changes to the starting XI that turned out at Barnet on Saturday, Charlie Lee and Jay Simpson came into the side in place of Jobi McAnuff and forward Josh Koroma who took a place on the bench.
There was a lively start to the game, both Reeco Hackett-Fairchild and Alex Lawless respectively went into Will Finnie’s book after five minutes.
Orient’s first chance came after 12 minutes when Josh Coulson headed James Brophy’s corner towards goal, but for a Bromley body on the line to hack the ball clear.
Jay Simpson collected Bromley’s goal-line clearance and tried to pick out the top corner but fired well wide of the target from just inside the 18-yard box.
Bromley had their first clear chance after 20 minutes, JJ Hooper took his time in front of goal but struck wide with his left foot following Luke Coulson’s dangerous through-ball into the box.
Orient were tidy in possession in the first-half without threatening David Gregory in the Bromley net as the break in play approached.
With only seconds of the half remaining, Lee’s long throw dropped to the boot of Coulson who stabbed the ball home at the second attempt to give us the lead after 45 minutes.
Bromley got the second 45 underway and both teams returned to the field unchanged.
Finnie had another big decision to make moments after the restart, he showed Marvin Ekpiteta a straight red card for a challenge on George Porter adjudged to have been inside the penalty area.
Frankie Sutherland converted the resulting penalty to bring the score level at a goal each.
After the penalty and with the man advantage Bromley gained confidence and managed to strike a second time as Hackett-Fairchild nodded home at the back post to give the hosts the lead.
There was a lengthy stoppage in play as Porter deliberately fouled Josh Koroma from behind, referee Finnie only awarded the Bromley man a yellow card.
After play resumed, Orient came close to a leveller when Coulson was alive in the box again but this time saw his header caught by Gregory.
Seconds later down the other end, Richard Brindley rattled the bar following his attempt from 25-yards.
Deep into the seven additional minutes Koroma’s short free-kick was passed to Brophy who drilled a low cross into the box searching for Bonne who couldn't keep the ball down.
Moments later for Bromley, Raymon pinged the woodwork themselves, after Dan Happe’s clearance fell to the man in the white shirt.
Happe also happened to have the final chance of the game when he headed wide from Brophy’s deep free-kick as the O’s fell to defeat.
UP NEXT: We take on FC Halifax Town at The Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday April 6.
ORIENT: Brill, Lawless (Koroma 67), Ekpiteta, Coulson, Happe, Widdowson, Clay, Lee, Brophy, Simpson (Alabi 67), Bonne
SUBS: Sargeant, Dayton, Gorman
GOALS: Coulson (45+3)
BOOKED: Lawless (3), Brophy (81)
RED: Ekpiteta (47)
BROMLEY: Gregory, Sutherland, Johnson, Holland (C), Raymond, Porter, (Bugiel 74) Hackett-Fairchild (Okoye 82), Wood, Brindles, Coulson, Hooper
SUBS: Sarpong-Wiredu, Dunne, Higgs
GOALS: Sutherland (48), Hackett-Fairchild (64)
BOOKED: Hackett-Fairchild (4), Sutherland (58), Porter (71), Raymond (80), Gregory (87), Bugiel (90+3)
REFEREE: Will Finnie
ATTENDANCE: 3,047 (1,173 Orient)