The O’s are starting to make a late season surge up the table after making it three wins a row after this latest 1-0 success at play-off hopefuls Stockport County.
Loan man, Simon Church, hit the second half winner as the O’s continued their climb to League One safety win their second away win of the week, following up their stunning 3-1 Carlisle midweek triumph.
Charlie Daniels – who grabbed the first goal at Brunton Park – nearly continued his good form and was unlucky to see a Michael Raynes clearance cannon of his shin and sail wide after 12 minutes.
Stockport enjoyed the majority of first-half possession on a pitch almost devoid of grass – but Orient’s defence held firm with the only scare coming from Chris O’Grady’s 32nd minute pot shot that flew wide of Jamie Jones’ goal.
Orient showed their intent on the stroke of half-time when Jordan Spence was a whisker away from connecting with Church’s header that rolled along the goal line from Sean Thornton’s free-kick.
Straight after the restart Church was denied by a super Owen Fon Williams save, but made amends on 53 minutes when having met Jones’ long kick-out, he initially brought a good save from Williams, but converted the loose ball from close range.
Orient – with Thornton and the rejuvenated Paul Terry running the show – should have had the game won well before the end and after a combination of missed chances and good goalkeeping from Williams, Jason Demetriou was unlucky to see what appeared to be a perfectly good goal disallowed on 88 minutes. But the referee, Mr Moss, angered the Orient players and travelling supporters by pulling the play back from an earlier infringement and, predictably, Demetriou’s free-kick sailed wide.
The east Londoners – having clocked up nearly a 1000 miles this week – had to withstand a late Stockport rally and McNeil came closest to giving the Hatters an undeserved point, but headed wide in stoppage time.
Captain, Stephen Purches, said: ‘We’re still in trouble, but all we can do is to keep winning. The lads deserve credit after a long week on the road’.
‘Everyone put in a good shift today and we are creating chances and scoring from them. Our front two were superb today – I certainly wouldn’t like to play against them!’
Purches revealed: ‘There have been some dark days – certainly – this term, but I do believe that things even themselves out over the course of a season. So we’ve now got to see where our current form takes us’.
‘Geraint Williams is certainly putting his stamp on the team and is getting us to play the way he wants. We used different tactics today – especially on this pitch – but it worked’.