We recored our second away win in less than a week this evening with a 2-3 victory over Barrow AFC.
Sam Ling opened the scoring with his first ever goal for the club before Jay Simpson notched his first since his return and Jordan Maguire-Drew made it three shortly after. Barrow attempted to come-back but their two late goals proved consolation's as the O's held on for the win.
Head Coach Justin Edinburgh named an unchanged XI for this evening’s fixture after Saturday’s away win at Havant & Waterlooville.
Dan Happe was involved early on when he was called into action first, to combine with Josh Coulson to clear Dior Agnus’ deep cross.
Moments later, Happe was again, in the right place to put his foot in and win the ball back after Josh Kay looked to advance on goal from the wide left.
Three minutes later, Sam Ling opened his Orient account with a lobbed effort as he sent a cross/shot towards goal, Joel Dixon was rooted to the spot watched the ball dip into the top corner.
Jordan Maguire-Drew almost doubled the lead immediately after the restart, patient play found the midfielder just outside the box, he cut on to his left foot and attempted to pick out the top corner however this time Dixon made a good save to tip the ball onto the woodwork.
Maguire-Drew proved the danger-man yet again, his threaded through ball into Bonne’s path saw our forward advance on goal but hit his shot inches wide of the target after mountains of pressure from Dan Jones.
The ball had been in-play for two minutes after the restart when we doubled our lead thanks to Jay Simpson.
The move started on the left when Joe Widdowson hit a first-time through ball up to Maguire-Drew who ran the line and unselfishly squared for Jay Simpson to round the ‘keeper and slot into the net.
It was almost three moments later, Bonne brilliantly controlled a loose ball on the edge of the box and smartly took his shot early which caught out Dixon but clipped the post as our forward was denied.
After 69 minutes, Bonne then turned provider for Maguire-Drew to slam home from close range after our forward unselfishly squared for Saturday’s goal scorer who couldn’t miss.
It was all action at this point as the hosts pulled one back through Josh Kay and then reduced the deficit to one five minutes later when Rhys Turner tapped home from close range.
Orient had let their three goal lead slip to just a goal, but held off a sea of Barrow attacks to take maximum points back to E10.
ORIENT: Brill, Ling, Widdowson, Coulson, McAnuff, Clay, Bonne, Maguire-Drew (Brophy 76), Happe (Turley 64), Ekpiteta, Simpson (Lee 86)
SUBS: Sargeant, Harrold
BOOKED: McAnuff (61), Bonne (90+4)
GOALS: Ling (13), Simpson (47), Maguire-Drew (69)
BARROW: Dixon, Brown, Jones, Rooney (Burgess 86), Blyth (Hindle 59), Kay, Agnus (Turner 66), Hardcastle, Jameson, Molyneux, Jennings
SUBS: Saltmer, Sloan
BOOKED: Jennings (67)
GOALS: Kay (71), Turner (76)
REFEREE: Andrew Miller
ATTENDANCE: 1,130 (148)