We stretched our lead at the top of the National League table with a convincing three goal victory Maidstone United.
A first-half strike from Jordan Maguire-Drew followed by a Macauley Bonne brace saw us seal three points at The Breyer Group Stadium.
Justin Edinburgh named Jamie Turley in from the start as the Head Coach made a further two changes to the side that started last weekend. Craig Clay and Jobi McAnuff were back in the side in place of Alex Lawless and James Brophy.
Orient got the game underway kicking towards the South Stand in the first-half and it wasn’t long before Jamie Turley introduced himself to the home fans. He combined with his partner Dan Happe to clear the danger from Jack Powell’s early run on goal.
The visitors were on the attack again moments later, they countered an Orient corner and found Michael Phillips in space on the right. The midfielder however, fired straight at Dean Brill who gathered calmly.
After 30 minutes, Jobi McAnuff linked up with Josh Koroma on the right of midfield, the latter took his time, twisted and turned Simon Walton before he drilled a low cross into the box which missed the boot of both Macauley Bonne and then Joe Widdowson at the back post by a matter of inches.
Orient looked good in possession midway through the first half and Bonne headed into Ethan Ross’ hands after a floated cross in from Sam Ling.
Moments later the O’s took the lead, it was through Jordan Maguire-Drew with his first Orient goal since joining earlier this month. The midfielder volleyed Jamie Turley’s excellent header in to the back of the net from 12-yards out.
Seconds before the half-time whistle, Bonne let a glorious opportunity slip when Charlie Lee’s pin-point through ball found the forward clear on goal. Our number nine set himself but hit the shot over the target as the first half drew to a close.
It wasn’t the best start to the second half for us, forward Josh Koroma pulled up while chasing a through ball from Lee. Our number 19 couldn’t continue and Matt Harrold came on as his replacement.
After 55 minutes of play, Bonne got his goal. Jobi McAnuff’s corner was headed back across goal by Lee to the feet of Bonne who smashed the ball home through a sea of yellow bodies for the second of the afternoon.
It was almost three moments later, Bonne unselfishly squared the ball to Harrold who took a touch but was agonizingly denied by Ross.
A rare Maidstone chance came in the second-half when Elliott Romain beat Widdowson to the ball but fired in to the side-netting.
A quick attacking move from our midfield saw Bonne burst down the left wing, James Brophy pointed to where he wanted it and was excellently picked out by the former. However Brophy’s first time shot was held well by Ross.
Harrold and Bonne linked-up well again, this time the former latches on to the header but saw his shot deflected wide from six-yards out.
Seconds before the full-time whistle, James Brophy was brought down after a push in the back. Bonne stepped up and sent Ross the wrong way to wrap up the game and the points in E10..
The O’s are back at home next Saturday 2nd February when we welcome Blyth Spartans in the Buildbase FA Trophy third round. Tickets range from £1-£10 and are on general sale at www.onlyoneorient.com.
ORIENT: Brill, Ling, Widdowson, McAnuff (C), Clay, Bonne, Maguire-Drew (Brophy 73), Happe, Koroma (Harrold 49), Lee (Lawless 85), Turley
SUBS: Sargeant, Judd
GOALS: Maguire-Drew (33), Bonne (56 & 90+3)
BOOKED: Turley (37), Bonne (44), Clay (59)
MAIDSTONE: Ross, Meridith, McLennan, De Havilland (C), Powell, Wishart, Robinson, Walton, Phillips (Romain 61), Taylor, Swaine
SUBS: Paxman, Richards, Tajbakhsh, Edobor
BOOKED: Meridith (36)
REFEREE: Leigh Doughty
ATTENDANCE: 5,488 (449)