Leyton Orient’s Macauley Bonne opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a well-placed shot under FC Halifax Town goalkeeper, Sam Johnson. The former Lincoln City forward broke away from Scott Garner before finding the back of the net, breaking the deadlock.
The visiting side came close to a second just three minutes later when Craig Clay fired his shot straight at Johnson who parried the shot away, Dan Holman and Josh Koroma also failed to convert the rebounds.
Just before the half an hour mark, Halifax’s Matty Kosylo had the chance to equalise with a free-kick 25-yards out. However, the tricky winger failed to convert leaving the score 1-0 to the visitors.
Two minutes later, Tom Denton rifled his close range shot into the roof of the net making it 1-1. The 6ft 7 striker managed to get on the end of Josh MacDonald’s low drilled cross following a miss by teammate, Kosylo.
The third goal of the first half was scored by Koroma in the 39th minute. The Orient forward picked up the ball on the corner of the box before cutting inside and drilling a neat shot past Johnson’s near post.
The Shaymen had a chance to level the score two minutes later when MacDonald fired a powerful low shot wide.
Moments before the interval Danny Clarke picked up the ball on the edge of Orient’s box, the midfielder took a shot which found its way into the path of Shaun Tuton. The striker knocked the ball across goal to Denton who couldn’t connect well and tapped the ball wide.
Garner came to Town’s rescue just minutes into the second half with a brilliant last ditch challenge on Bonne, clearing the ball away before the forward could convert.
50 minutes into the game, Cliff Moyo saw yellow for a foul on Koroma, the first card of the game.
Halifax continued to press hard throughout the opening 20 minutes of the second half, trying desperately to find an equaliser. Kosylo stood out as the most creative player during this period but the home side failed to finish any opportunities.
Town made the first change of the game in the 74th minute with, Jake Hibbs replacing Clarke.
Almost 10 minutes after coming on, Hibbs saw yellow for a flying tackle on Orient’s George Elokobi. Despite originally looking bad, the Orient defender was quick to get up in order to share his opinion with the Town players.
With one minute left of the 90, Michael Collins saw yellow for a bad challenge on Edou Adams. The away side failed to produce anything from the initial set piece.
Leyton Orient went home with the three points leaving the Shaymen disappointed as they have now lost three games on the bounce putting them 19th in the league.
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 2 Cliff Moyo, 3 Josh Wilde, 5 Matty Brown (C), 6 Scott Garner, 7 Matty Kosylo, 9 Tom Denton, 15 Josh MacDonald, 18 Danny Clarke (20 Jake Hibbs 74th), 21 Michael Collins, 34 Shaun Tuton.
FC Halifax Town Subs: 8 Nathan Hotte, 11 Scott McManus, 13 Tom Nicholson, 39 Michael Duckworth
Leyton Orient: 20 Dean Brill, 2 Jake Caprice, 5 George Elokobi, 7 Jobi McAnuff (C), 9 Macauley Bonne, 18 Josh Coulson, 19 Josh Koroma, 23 Craig Clay, 25 Dan Happe, 29 Dan Holman, 31 Ebou Adams.
Leyton Orient Subs: 12 Sam Sargeant, 10 David Mooney, 22 Freddy Moncur, 24 Matt Harrold, 34 Lamar Reynolds
Goals: Bonne (18) Denton (32) Koroma (38)
Yellow Cards: Moyo (50) Hibbs (83) Collins (89)
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 1352 (133 away)
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