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Maidstone United boss Jay Saunders feels Brisbane Road will be a fortress for Leyton Orient this season

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:15 15 August 2017

Leyton Orient defender Josh Coulson slides in to win the ball from Maidstone United midfielder Reece Prestedge (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient defender Josh Coulson slides in to win the ball from Maidstone United midfielder Reece Prestedge (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The O’s have struggled at home in recent campaigns, but have two National League wins from two in E10 so far

Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson is fouled by Maidstone United forward Joe Pigott (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient defender Joe Widdowson is fouled by Maidstone United forward Joe Pigott (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Maidstone United boss Jay Saunders expects Leyton Orient to be strong at home this season in the National League.

The O’s defeated the Kent club 2-0 on Saturday with David Mooney and Rommy Boco on target in the second half.

It wasn’t easy for the hosts though, with the Stones impressing for large chunks at Brisbane Road, but Steve Davis saw his team come out on top in the end.

Saunders said: “I think at home Leyton Orient will definitely pick up results and they will get better as the season goes on.

“Obviously they are quite a new side and you can see that, so I thought it was a good time to play them.

“We felt we could ask them a few questions and for large parts of the game we did, but they have some quality players in key areas.

“If you get someone like Mooney good service then he has already showed he will nick goals and at the back they have good experience.”

The Maidstone boss had been happy with the performance of his team prior to the opener after 60 minutes.

He admitted it could have been avoided had defensive midfielder Reece Prestedge not failed to clear his lines around 30-yards from his own goal.

“I have been pleased with the three performances and I thought we came to Leyton Orient and asked a few questions,” said Saunders.

“We looked very comfortable and I didn’t think they caused us many problems up until they scored and it was a good header by the lad, but again the goal could have been avoided.”

Another big moment in the match happened just before the end of the 90 minutes when the visitors had the ball in the back of the net.

Joe Pigott fired an effort towards the bottom corner, which Charlie Grainger saved magnificently, but Delano Sam-Yorke was on hand to smash home the rebound.

But just as Maidstone were celebrating securing a dramatic late equaliser, the offside flag was raised and the goal was ruled out.

Saunders added: “You need a bit of luck and the goal that was disallowed is in on another day and then it is a different game, but on Saturday we just couldn’t make the breakthrough.”

After Sam-Yorke’s effort was ruled out, Boco made it 2-0 early into five minutes of additional time at Brisbane Road.

Captain Charlie Lee won the ball back well in midfield and played in the O’s winger, who slotted home.

It sent the E10 faithful into raptures and means Orient are on the way to making Brisbane Road a fortress again, which is vital if they want success this term.


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