Leyton were sure to take all three points too, they were the dominating side in the first half against a Forest side that had a fresh manager and poor ball connections.
Leyton were allowed time and space to attack and Tom Querry took full advantage of this, but failed to hit the target in the 24th minute. A minute later Tom was on the attack again against a poor Forest defence, it could have been 1-0 there and then.
A clean sheet was kept in the first 45 due to some clever defending from the Lilywhites new skipper Mo Habu, Nick Azzopardi also showed some clever feet and Ashley Harris saved a very dangerous shot from a Waltham Forest corner in the 26th minute.
The best chance of the first half fell to Leyton who with goalkeeper Willis scrambling to grab the ball gave an open goal, unfortunately the likes of Craig Charles were not able to chip the ball over the floored keeper and the open goal was soon shut for opportunity.
With the best chances and general team play, Leyton were expected to continue with the good work.
However, Waltham Forest were out for improvement as they found the back of the net in the 54th minute, Leyton’s defence was down as Forest took an angled shot down the left wing which Ian Luck nodded in.
From there Waltham Forest took full charge of the game with Luck being given time to play. Again the Leyton were inches close to scoring, a free kick fell just outside the six yard box which rebounded and was smothered by the Forest keeper on the goal line.
A similar chance for Leyton came from a lovely deliverance from Andre Taiwo but Jason Willis was on top form and smothered the ball from danger.
Some members of the squad showed their magic and also showed an improvement from the 8-0 defeat to Needham Market, but the sad fact to this narrow defeat was that nobody at the Cricklefield had a Waltham Forest victory on their cards, Leyton had to and should have won.
Harris, Azzopardi, Sawyer, Mo Habu (capt.), McGuiness, Abdulai, Skoniezki, Taiwo, Charles, Collins, Querry