A goalless draw at Solihull Moors' Damson Park this afternoon leaves the O's in pole position going into the final game of the season.
Jamie Turley, Macauley Bonne and James Brophy all went close for the O's while Dean Brill remained solid between the sticks to earn a brilliant point in the West-Midlands.
Head Coach Justin Edinburgh made just one change to his side from last Saturday afternoon. Jamie Turley slotted into defence in place of midfielder Jordan Maguire-Drew.
The O’s started the game kicking away from the travelling support, and Solihull’s first attempt came from a deep free-kick which Darren Carter sent into the box but Dean Brill was up highest to collect the danger.
Orient looked quick on the counter and our first clear chance came through Josh Koroma. He tested Ryan Boot from wide, the ‘keeper could only parry into Jobi McAnuff’s path but the skipper’s blocked shot saw the hosts clear the danger.
Koroma was involved again after 18 minutes. James Brophy led the counter attack and found Koroma whose shot from the edge of the area was deflected into the hands of Boot.
A quarter of the half remained when Solihull won a free-kick 25-yards from goal. Jamey Osborne’s free-kick demanded a wonderful save from Brill. who leaped to his right to palm to safety.
The Moors had the last chance of the half, Carter’s corner dropped in front of goal where Williams waited by nodded wide from two-yards out. We went in level at the break.
It was a fast start to the second-half Osborne had the first chance and saw his shot fly wide of the target from distance.
After the initial danger from the hosts, Orient grew into the game and looked dangerous going forward.
First, Brophy’s cross dropped to Bonne who headed wide from a very tight angle. Then it was the head of Koroma who couldn't keep the ball on target following Craig Clay’s whipped cross.
Less than five minutes later, the best chance of the game yet fell to Jamie Turley who couldn't redirect the ball goal-wards from close range following Brophy’s corner-kick, it dropped agonisingly wide of the far post from the defenders head.
Edinburgh made a double substitution introducing Matt Harrold and Charlie Lee in place of Josh Koroma and Jobi McAnuff as the Head Coach continued to look for an opener.
Solihull ‘keeper Ryan Boot pulled off a wonderful save to deny Bonne who was played into the box on the wide left by Brophy after 70 minutes of play. That save kept the score level as the game opened up.
It was then the turn of Brill to play the hero. Orient’s stopper blocked Hylton’s shot from two-yards out following Lee Vaughan’s cross from the by-line.
Solihull had a chance to steal the points in injury time, captain Kyle Storer headed wide from two-yards out as both teams looked for the winner.
Orient fans spurred the lads on to battle for a brilliant point in the right direction away at Solihull Moors.
Saturday’s game against Braintree sees the O’s go into the final game of the season three points ahead of closest rivals Salford City.
ORIENT: Brill, Turley (Maguire-Drew 81), Ekpiteta, Coulson, Happe, Widdowson, Clay, McAnuff (Lee 65), Brophy, Koroma (Harrold 65), Bonne
SUBS: Sargeant, Simpson
BOOKED: Clay (36), Widdowson (90)
SOLIHULL: Boot, Williams, Reckord, Storer (C), Daly, Gudger, Osborne, Carter, Yussuf (Hylton 70), Wright (Blissett 73), Vaughan
SUBS: Carline, Hawkridge, Sbarra
BOOKED: Storer (36)
REFEREE: Martin Woods