Leyton Orient cut down by Boreham Wood on day to forget for Steve Davis and co
PUBLISHED: 16:58 09 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:58 09 September 2017
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National League: Boreham Wood 2 Leyton Orient 0
Leyton Orient suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Boreham Wood in the National League this afternoon to see their unbeaten run come to an end.
The O’s went into the contest with three wins and one draw from their previous four games, but were second best for long periods at Meadow Park.
Wood struck towards the end of the first half and at the start of the second to take all three points on a frustrating day for Steve Davis and co.
Orient finished the game with 10-men too, as George Elokobi limped off after Josh Coulson had been replaced after picking up an injury.
Davis kept faith with Henry Ochieng and David Mooney, as O’s were unchanged from the 4-1 win over Guiseley last weekend.
Alex Lawless returned to the bench and was alongside Matt Harrold despite his goal scoring debut against the Lions.
For the hosts, Boreham Wood included ex-Orient winger Blair Turgott in their starting XI after he joined on loan from Stevenage on Friday.
Luke Garrard also had Bruno Andrade up front with the speedy striker a rival to O’s Macauley Bonne for the National League golden boot.
Jobi McAnuff started strongly on the left and tricked his way past opposite number Kane Smith and won the visitors a free kick just outside the area after four minutes.
Wood’s right-back picked up a booking as a result and from the set-piece, James Dayton had two efforts blocked before Ochieng smashed high and wide.
It was the start of a bright spell for O’s, as Craig Clay fired over minutes later after McAnuff had teed him up.
The hosts settled soon after though, and began to get on top with the heavens opening in Hertfordshire.
A heavy downpour coincided with Wood putting pressure on Davis’ team, but they were unable to significantly test Charlie Grainger in the Orient goal with quarter of an hour played at Meadow Park.
McAnuff was looking good, however and was involved again with 20 on the clock, but Grant Smith saved his curling strike with ease.
O’s were slowly beginning to get on top again and good play on the right saw Dayton play in Caprice and he picked out Clay on the edge of the area, but the midfielder could only drag his effort wide with 25 minutes gone.
A mistake by Caprice three minutes later, however, resulted in Wood winning a free kick in a dangerous position, but Andrade could only curl off target.
It halted the momentum Orient had built up and saw the home side enjoy a sustained period of pressure and eventually it took its toll.
Neat play on the right saw Kieran Murtagh played in and although he fired past Grainger, Elokobi got back to clear off the line.
His clearance only went as far as Danny Woodards, however, and the left-back drilled home from 12-yards with 35 on the clock.
Despite plenty of possession and some early chances, Orient had again failed to make the most of their period in the ascendancy.
O’s responded positively to going behind with Dayton winning the visitors a free kick in a dangerous position soon after the goal.
Dayton picked himself up following the foul and took the set piece, but with Elokobi ready to pounce, a Wood defender got back in the nick of time to flick away for a corner.
The away pressure continued and Orient squandered a guilt-edged opportunity on the stroke of half time.
Mooney played a defence-splitting through ball and Bonne was in, yet he snatched at the chance and fired over and out of the ground with just Grant Smith to beat.
Referee Dean Middleton blew the half time whistle moments later after one additional minute of stoppage time, as O’s trailed at the break.
Orient were looking to begin the second period strongly, but a mistake at the back in the 51st minute saw them go two down.
A long ball forward appeared to be under control from Elokobi, but he passed without looking and Andrade latched onto possession before cutting back for Murtagh to slot past Grainger.
It was a poor mistake by O’s number five and left the visitors with an uphill battle at Meadow Park.
Davis was already getting ready to bring on Harrold before the goal and immediately introduced the ex-Crawley Town man with the ineffective Ochieng making way.
Wood remained on the front foot though, and Andrade outmuscled Elokobi and came inside, but fizzed just wide with 58 played.
The chances kept on coming for the hosts with Turgott finding a way past Joe Widdowson soon after and picking out Shaun Jeffers, but the home forward tapped wide.
Following those wasted opportunities, Orient upped the ante and began to create more good openings.
Caprice and Widdowson both produced dangerous crosses into the area, but no O’s player could get a telling touch.
Orient were then forced to make an untimely substitution in the 67th minute when Coulson went down with an injury.
Jamie Sendles-White was forced to come on as a result and the visitors were now able to make one less attack-minded substitution.
The change, which occurred after a two-minute delay, appeared to kill the momentum Orient had built up.
Davis was growing frustrated on the touchline with O’s not playing with enough urgency or intent.
And the final roll of the dice occurred with 12 minutes left, as Josh Koroma came on for Dayton.
It didn’t seem to make much of a difference though, with Orient taking too long to get the ball forward and when they did, it was often not played accurately enough to the target man Harrold.
Things went from bad to worst for O’s with five minutes left, as Elokobi limped off with what looked a hamstring injury and the visitors had to finish the game with 10-men.
It resulted in another reshuffle in terms of formation and just acted as another reason for play to halt.
When Orient did restart, the game continued to follow the same pattern as before with O’s trying to break down the hosts, but struggling and Wood looking dangerous on the counter-attack.
Five minutes of stoppage time were signalled at the end of the 90, yet the away side were looking void of ideas.
Orient did create a decent opportunity in additional time when Bonne found Koroma and he whizzed past his marker, but could only slot wide of goal.
With that chance wasted, so was O’s hopes and the full time whistle soon occurred to bring an unforgettable day to an end.
Davis will hope to see a response on Tuesday night when Halifax Town visit Brisbane Road for a 7.45pm kick-off.
Boreham Wood: G.Smith; K.Smith, Champion, Stephens, Wells, Woodards; Ricketts; Turgott, Murtagh; Jeffers (Benson 81), Andrade.
Unused substitutes: Johnson, Sach, Keita, Thomas.
Leyton Orient: Grainger; Caprice, Coulson (Sendles-White 67), Elokobi, Widdowson; Dayton (Koroma 78), Ochieng (Harrold 52), Clay, McAnuff; Mooney, Bonne.
Unused substitutes: Sargeant, Lawless.
Attendance: 1,920 (1,264 Leyton Orient supporters).