Sutton United 2-0 Leyton Orient: Tough Start To Non-League Life For The O’s

Steve Davis
Photo Credit: East London Advertiser

Leyton Orient began life in the National League with a 2-0 opening day defeat away to Sutton United. 

Just fifteen minutes in and Sutton were awarded a penalty. O’s full-back Joe Widdowsom was deemed to have brought down Craig Dundas. Skipper Jamie Collins was on hand to convert the spot-kick from 12 yards, giving Sutton a 1-0 lead.

As weather conditions worsened with hailstone beginning to pour down, Orient’s performance did no better to brighten the afternoon.

Eleven minutes from half-time, Sutton doubled their lead. The O’s failed to clear their lines and were punished. Dean Beckwith was provided enough time and space inside the box, to bundle the ball home to give Sutton a 2-0 lead.

Orient came out after the break unchanged, yet they still failed to registered a single shot on goal.

The opening 15 minutes of the second-half almost saw the U’s add a third on multiple occasions. Sutton striker Lafayette almost scoring a third for the Amber, which would have put the game truly beyond Orient’s reach.

With twenty minutes to play Josh Koroma was brought off the bench in place of Jobi McAnuff. Subsequently following this change, Orient’s best spells were to follow. Koroma caused some problems for the Sutton back-line, however his contributions went un-graduated, as Orient failed to create clear cut chances.

Finally with less than ten minutes to play, James Dayton registered Orient’s first shot on goal in the game, with an effort from distance which keeper Jamie Butler comfortably dealt with.

Full-Time: Sutton United 2-0 Leyton Orient.

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