Leyton Orient hit for six away to London rivals Bromley
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National League: Bromley 6 Leyton Orient 1
Leyton Orient’s inconsistent start to the new National League campaign continued after they suffered a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Bromley.
George Porter, one of several ex-O’s in the Ravens starting XI, opened the scoring at Hayes Lane after 11 minutes and it was a sign of things to come.
Macauley Bonne pulled one back for the visitors in the second half, but Orient were 4-0 down at this stage.
It ended up being an extremely disappointing night for Steve Davis and left the O’s head coach with plenty to think about.
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Orient made two changes from the team which started the 2-0 win at home to Maidstone United, as Jobi McAnuff and James Dayton dropped to the bench.
Rommy Boco was handed his full debut as a result and Josh Koroma was given a chance to impress on the left.
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David Mooney tried his luck inside the first 60 seconds from range, but former O’s goalkeeper David Gregory saved with ease.
The visitors made a bright start at Hayes Lane, however, with Orient forcing the first corner of the match after two minutes.
Bromley demonstrated their threat seven minutes later though, when Luke Wanadio picked out Louis Dennis, but Charlie Grainger saved his effort.
Just over 60 seconds later and the O’s goalkeeper was beaten when Porter headed in against his old club.
It was not the start Davis would have wanted and it nearly got worse five minutes after the opener.
George Elokobi’s header back towards Grainger was short and Dennis ran through, but couldn’t beat the 21-year-old stopper.
Josh Coulson caused some panic in the Bromley area with 22 minutes on the clock, as he flicked on Boco’s free kick, but the hosts cleared the danger.
Orient were slowly starting to come back into the contest and Charlie Lee saw a first-time effort deflected wide for a corner.
Gregory made a terrific save following the set-piece too, as he denied Elokobi a second goal in O’s colours.
With half time slowly drawing to a close, Orient were pushing for a leveller, but were hit with a sucker-punch in the 39th minute.
Frankie Sutherland, who played once for the east Londoners on loan from Queens Park Rangers, swung in a corner and Jack Holland headed in Bromley’s second.
Wanadio tested Grainger minutes later before Koroma had an effort blocked on the edge of the area.
Two minutes of additional time were added on at the end of the half and Bonne went close to pulling one back for O’s, though he dragged his shot off target.
Seconds later the half time whistle followed and Davis had seen enough, as he brought on McAnuff and Dayton for the start of the second period.
Boco and Koroma were the players to make way and immediately the Jamaican caused Bromley problems.
Orient won a free kick after just three minutes of the second half and McAnuff’s shot cannoned off the wall before Coulson saw his header brilliantly tipped over by Gregory.
The Bromley goalkeeper was impressing and he denied Dayton in the 52nd minute after the winger exchanged passes with Bonne.
It seemed like O’s were getting closer, yet 10 minutes into the second half they conceded a third.
Josh Rees fired in after excellent work by Dennis and Orient were losing 3-0 to their London rivals.
Things went from bad to worse after the hour mark, as Bromley added a fourth against a shell-shocked O’s team.
Grainger again stopped Dennis finding the net, but Adam Mekki was on hand to delight the Ravens supporters.
Orient did manage to pull one back themselves in the 66th minute with Bonne coolly finishing following a Mooney pass.
But with less than half an hour remaining, it appeared nothing other than a mere consolation at Hayes Lane.
It proved to be the case with Holland grabbing his second with 76 on the clock after another Sutherland set-piece.
Gregory continued to frustrate Orient with another excellent save five minutes from time to prevent Lee pulling one back.
And Bromley added more gloss to the scoreline in the 88th minute when substitute Williams fired in.
The full time whistle eventually followed to bring to an end a terrible evening for O’s and their supporters.
Boss Davis has a lot to think about ahead of Saturday’s match at Woking and Orient will have to respond at Kingfield Stadium.
Bromley: Gregory; Wynter, Chorley (Johnson 76), Holland, Sterling; Mekki, Rees (Raymond 82), Sutherland, Wanadio; Dennis, Porter (Williams 72).
Unused substitutes: Dunne, Allen.
Leyton Orient: Grainger; Caprice, Coulson, Elokobi, Widdowson; Boco (McAnuff 46), Lawless, Lee, Koroma (Dayton 46); Mooney, Bonne.
Unused substitutes: Sargeant, Clark, Clay.
Attendance: 3,346 (1,037 Leyton Orient supporters).