Maidenhead 0 - 2 Leyton Orient
Two first half Orient goals too much for Magpies
Maidenhead fell to back-to-back home defeats on consecutive weekends after a 2-0 loss against high-flying Leyton Orient. Two first half goals from strikers Bonne and Alabi proved the difference in a game that Maidenhead were to rue missed opportunities in key moments.
Skipper Alan Massey was welcomed back to the starting line-up, with starts for Bird, Cole and Akintunde the 4 total changes following last week’s undoing against Salford.
Massey was to show how important he is in the Magpies backline with barely 90 seconds played. Alabi powerfully drove into the box and his low effort was importantly blocked away for a corner.
Clerima rose highest on 5 minutes after a Worsfold corner but under heavy pressure could only nod wide.
The 2017/18 clash between the sides at York Road saw Orient come out 1-0 winners with Bonne the lone scorer of the game. The goal that day came from a first half right wing cross and header and history was to eerily repeat itself down the Bell Street End. McAnuff’s cross was met by a pinpoint header from Bonne into the corner with just 11 minutes played. 0-1.
United reacted to the setback with a positive offensive spell and would have been level if not for the heroics of the National League’s September Player of the Month Marvin Ekpiteta. On 18 minutes the defender pulled off a last ditch tackle on Bird to push the ball away, the resulting cross was headed goalbound by Akintunde and there was Ekpiteta to clear off the line.
The cruel reality of playing strong sides in the National League was never more apparent in the 27th minute as Orient doubled their lead against the run of play. Alabi was on hand to cushion the ball with his left foot past Pentney from 12 yards – an excellent finish.
There were a couple of speculative efforts from Maidenhead as they tried to get back in the game before the break. Worsfold curled over from 25 yards and on the stroke of half time Kelly’s 25 yard piledriver clipped the crossbar on its way over.
Orient started the second half in similar fashion to the first, Pentney was at full stretch to push a 47th minute clever McAnuff chip over the crossbar. Down the other end Akintunde’s near post run was nearly rewarded as Worsfold picked him out but he couldn’t quite divert the ball on target.
The bulk of the action on goal in the second half was to come in the opening stages, as Orient dealt will with Maidenhead’s set pieces and balls into the box. With 5 minutes to go Orient almost settled the game with a third but Pentney stood up tall to block Brophy’s close range effort. In injury time Clerima came agonisingly close to a deserved consolation but Brill ensured his clean sheet with a point blank save.
After two home games against first and second in the National League, United travel to Boreham Wood next weekend.
Pentney, Clerima, Massey, Obileye, Cole, Odametey, Akintunde (Archer, 77), Comley, Worsfold (Clifton, 67), Bird (Alves, 73), Kelly
Unused subs: Smith, Mulley
Brill, Widdowson, Coulson, McAnuff, Clay, Bonne, Dayton (Brophy, 70), Judd, Ekpiteta, Lee, Alabi (Harrold, 79)
Unused subs: Sargeant, Ling, Gorman