We recorded our eighth straight win on our return to National League action earlier this evening.
Marvin Ekpiteta's opener was doubled by Macauley Bonne's penalty kick eight minutes later so put us two points clear at the top of the National League.
The O’s got the game underway at the Breyer Group Stadium and Macauley Bonne instantly saw an opportunity to try his luck from distance but AFC Fylde ‘keeper Jay Lynch got back on his line quickly to catch the danger.
There was an early penalty shout for the O’s, Josh Koroma skilfully worked his way into the box and went down under challenge from AFC Fylde captain Neill Byrne, however referee Richard Hulme was not interested and waved play on.
After an even start to the game, the O’s took the lead through Marvin Ekpiteta on 15 minutes. The central defender towered above Byrne to nod home at the back post following McAnuff’s third corner of the opening-half.
It wasn't long before we stretched our lead. The second penalty shout of the day was given as James Brophy was tripped inside the box, Bonne stepped up and powered low to the ‘keepers right to double the O’s advantage and further his tally to 22 for the season.
Injury forced Jamie Turley off the pitch as we approached the end of the half, it saw AFC Fylde gain some confidence to attack the O’s but our defensive line stood strong to see out the half.
The visitors made a double sub at the break in an attempt to get back into the game, Ashley Hemmings came on and instantly flashed a powerful shot wide of the near post.
But the O’s continued to search for a third, McAnuff swung a dangerous ball into the box which Fylde failed to clear, it dropped to Josh Coulson who fired wide of the target from close range.
The game fell flat as Orient held possession well, but shortly after the 70th minute, Craig Clay made a dart down the left wing and looped a cross into the centre of the net. Newly introduced James Alabi was there and headed at goal but for a wonderful save from Lynch to deny the goal.
The visitors went close on the immediate counter, Hemmings’ whipped cross was met by the head of Bradley but he could only direct the ball wide of the far post to Brill’s delight.
Fylde had the last chance of the game in injury time when Nick Haughton forced Brill to parry wide when his shot from distance stung the hands of our ‘keeper.
After five minutes of injury time, Richard Hulme blew time on the game as the O’s recorded their eighth straight win.
ORIENT: Brill, Widdowson, Coulson, McAnuff, Clay, Bonne, Happe, Brophy (Gorman 90+4), Koroma (Alabi 61), Ekpiteta, Turley (Dayton 36)
SUBS: Sargeant, Simpson
BOOKED:Turley (14), Clay (79), Ekpiteta (88)
GOALS: Ekpiteta (15), Bonne (24)
FYLDE: Lynch, Francis-Angol, Byrne (C), Tunnicliffe, Hardy (Bradley 68), Croasdale, Rowe, Philliskirk, Odusina (Hemmings 46), Walters, Reid (Haughton 46)
SUBS: Crawford, Brewitt
BOOKED: Walters (30), Croasdale (53), Hemmings (62), Bradley (79), Tunnicliffe (79)
REFEREE: Richard Hulme