The O's made it five wins on the bounce after this evening's 1-2 win at Aldershot Town.
Josh Coulson's first-half brace proved enough for the win before Scott Rendell converted a penalty in the 72nd minute.
The O’s got the game underway in chilly Aldershot conditions but Justin Edinburgh was forced into an early change when Jordan Maguire-Drew hobbled off the field after five minutes and was replaced by James Brophy.
The first real chance of the game came after 10 minutes when Dean Brill’s goal kick was long and bounced into Macauley Bonne’s path. The forward pounced upon the ball but struck just wide of the far post.
Dean Brill was called into action to beat away Rollin Mensah’s free header at the back post following John Goddard’s deep cross which evaded all in Orient yellow.
The hosts had two decent chances just before the 30-minute mark. Rollin Mensah saw his header from point blank range beat away by Brill before the O’s ‘keeper had to be alert to cover his angles after John Goddard’s powerful shot after he cut in from the left.
Orient took the lead just after Aldershot’s chance, Josh Coulson rose highest to head home from James Brophy’s perfect corner-kick.
Three minutes later, our lead was doubled by Coulson who scored an almost identical goal to his first.
James Brophy’s corner kick from the same side was this time met by the run of Coulson for his brace.
Aldershot had the first chance after the break, George Elokobi’s ball upfield found Adam McDonnell who flashed a shot across the face of goal.
Four minutes later, Orient were denied a third after Jake Cole pulled off an excellent save to block Harrold’s shot from point blank range.
Aldershot were thrown a lifeline after 70 minutes, the referee awarded the hosts a penalty which Scott Rendell slammed home to make the score 1-2.
James Dayton returned to action for the first time in three months when he replaced Matt Harrold after 80 minutes of play.
There was a nerve-wracking final 10 minutes for the O’s to see out, but we held on for the three points and remain top of the league making it five games unbeaten.
ORIENT: Brill, Ling, Ekpiteta, Coulson, Happe, Widdowson, Clay, McAnuff, Maguire-Drew (Brophy 5), Harrold (Dayton 80), Bonne
SUBS: Sargeant, Gorman, Turley
BOOKED: Ekpiteta (71), Dayton (90+3)
GOALS: Coulson (35 & 38)
ALDERSHOT: Cole, McDonnell, Elokobi, Howell, Rendell (C), Bernard, Booty (McClure85), Mensah, Berkeley-Agepong (Grant 79), Menayese, Goddard
SUBS: Mannion, Gallagher, Finney
BOOKED: Menayese (37)
GOALS: Rendell (72)
REFEREE: Carl Brook
ATTENDANCE: 1,989 (729)