National League: Chesterfield 0 Leyton Orient 1
PUBLISHED: 17:15 01 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 01 September 2018
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Leyton Orient extended their unbeaten start to the season to eight matches in the National League table thanks to a stunning strike from James Dayton.
Their starting line-up was unchanged for the fourth successive match, as manager Justin Edinburgh made just one change to his matchday squad, with new signing Levi Lumeka replacing Alex Lawless on the bench as Sam Ling, James Brophy and George Elokobi missed out with injury and James Alabi due to suspension.
But kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes due to technical difficulties at the Proact Stadium, which prevented supporters from entering through the turnstiles.
The hosts had the first sight of goal on two minutes when Joe Rowley headed a free-kick into the hands of Dean Brill, who also held on to a shot from Gozie Ugwu soon after.
Joe Widdowson produced an excellent challenge to deny Zavon Hines, who also saw a free header superbly kept out by Brill on 10 minutes.
O’s had their first chance around the quarter-hour mark as Jobi McAnuff’s free-kick was headed goalwards by Josh Coulson, but kept out by Callum Burton.
Craig Clay’s pass then found Dayton, whose shot on the turn was too high, but Jerome Binnom-Williams prodded wide at the other end for the Spireites and then saw a cross just evade Ugwu on 31 minutes.
Play was held up as Hines and Myles Judds received treatment, with both able to continue as the first half ended scoreless.
O’s went close to breaking the deadlock four minutes after the restart when Dayton’s free-kick fell kindly for Marvin Ekpiteta at the far post, but the defender couldn’t divert the ball past Chesterfield keeper Burton.
Home boss Martin Allen made his first change on 54 minutes, replacing Ugwu with Marc-Antoine Fortune, and saw his side go within inches of opening the scoring on the hour when Binnon-Williams fired a 25-year free-kick against the post before O’s cleared.
O’s bost Justin Edinburgh sent Matt Harrold on for Josh Koroma, with Robbie Weir’s header flying over the crossbar soon after.
Jobi McAnuff then ran into the box from Macaulay Bonne’s pass but saw his shot saved and an unmarked Bonne headed just wide of the post from Dayton’s cross.
Binnon-Williams nodded over from a corner for the hosts, who saw Hines denied by a combination of Coulson and Widdowson.
And O’s made the breakthrough 12 minutes from time when Widdowson’s cross was half cleared to Dayton, who smashed the ball back into the top corner of the net.
Bonne fired over from long range on 81 minutes, with McAnuff also too high in the last minute of normal time.
But O’s had done enough to ensure a happy return to east London ahead of Tuesday’s home match against Solihull Moors.
Orient: Brill, Judd, Coulson, Ekpiteta, Widdowson, Dayton, Lee, Clay, McAnuff, Koroma (Harrold 60), Bonne.
Subs: Sargeant, Happer, Gorman, Lumeka.
Attendance: 4,735 (including 541 Orient fans).