Leyton Orient seal victory to dent Wrexham’s play-off hopes
PUBLISHED: 16:54 21 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:39 21 April 2018
Simon O'Connor Photography
National League: Leyton Orient 1 Wrexham 0
Leyton Orient made it three consecutive wins at home as they sealed a 1-0 victory and put a huge dent in Wrexham’s play-off chances.
A Macauley Bonne first-half goal was enough to pick up the three points for the O’s in their Saturday match at Brisbane Road this season.
Manager Justin Edinburgh made two changes to the side who suffered a 1-0 defeat to Hartlepool mid-week with youngsters Myles Judd and Dan Happe coming in to replace the injured Joe Widdowson and George Elokobi.
Wrexham boss Andy Davies made one change of his own with Manny Smith replacing Leo Smith from their 2-1 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.
The O’s got off to a strong start and it was winger Josh Koroma who broke clear in the third minute but he fluffed his attempt and caused goalkeeper Chris Dunn no trouble.
A minute later defender Dan Happe got on the end of a Jobi McAnuff’s free-kick but his header was tipped over the crossbar.
In the 16th minute Koroma rushed forward once again after latching onto a through ball from McAnuff but again he couldn’t get enough behind his shot.
The captain McAnuff himself then let a shot fly after he was picked out by a pitch wide cross from Myles Judd before twisting and turning to find a lane to shoot.
The O’s broke the deadlock in the 29th minute as Macauley Bonne rose up and headed home a McAnuff cross into the bottom corner.
Bonne almost had a second two minutes later as Brophy picked him out in the box but the striker’s header goes straight into the arms of Dunn.
Wrexham striker Scott Quigley then tried his luck from range but fired high and wide.
Justin Edinburgh’s men held firm and continued to press forward but failed to create too much in the final ten minutes of the first-half.
Early in the second-half McAnuff back-heeled the ball in to Bonne’s path but the striker’s shot at the second time of asking was deflected out for a corner.
Wrexham then had a few quick counter attacks as they desperately searched for an equaliser in the first 15 minutes of the second-half.
O’s hit back as Koroma sprinted up-field excellently and beat his two markers before curling an effort at goal which Dunn only just tipped away from danger for a corner in the 60th minute.
The Dragons winger Paul Rutherford headed well wide of the net from six yards out in the 65th minute and missed the chance to level the score.
A minute later Brophy back-heeled the ball to McAnuff inside the box whose low drive at goal was blocked by Quigley.
Orient substitute David Mooney broke clear but his shot was pushed wide for a corner by keeper Dunn in the 86th minute.
The hosts were then boosted by the return of midfielder Charlie Lee who came on in the 90th minute for James Brophy after months out on the sidelines.
Leyton Orient: Brill, Ling, Ekpiteta, Happe, Judd, Adams (Mooney 73), Clay, McAnuff, Brophy (Lee 90), Koroma, Bonne
Unused subs: Grainger, Clayden, Reynolds.
Wrexham: Dunn, Jennings, M.Smith, Pearson, Mackreth (Wright 66), Wedgbury, Quigley, Rutherford, Kelly, Roberts, Boden (Ainge 71)
Unused subs: Dibble, Raven, Deverdics.