Article by Johnnie Lowery
The ‘top of the table curse’ struck again for Sutton United on Saturday with the U’s suffering a heavy defeat at Leyton Orient, a side seemingly reinvigorated by a recent managerial change.
Justin Edinburgh’s new side had lost at Solihull last week but wasted no time on improvement this weekend, getting their noses ahead just 5 minutes in. A silly challenge from Simon Walton allowed Macaulay Bonne a chance from the penalty spot, which he did not pass up. For the rest of the first half it was Sutton who were the better side, a glorious opportunity falling to Ross Lafayette after a deep freekick though the striker was unable to properly get the ball out of his feet for the shot. Orient keeper Dean Brill was on hand 20 minutes in to deny Dundas after he reached a Lafayette flick on, standing tall to prevent himself being lobbed. A mistake by Jamie Butler went unpunished after a goalline clearance by Jamie Collins, and minutes later U’s were nearly level when Bolarinwa got away from his marker but his shot was deflected just wide.
The pressure didn’t keep on though and 10 minutes into the second half the home side effectively made the game safe after a wide freekick was met by an unmarked Matt Harrold who looped his header over Butler and into the back of the net. Going forward Bolarinwa was the main threat for United, whilst the introduction of Ross Stearn gave something different to the U’s attack it was to be Leyton Orient who scored next, Bonne first to react to a first effort off the post to hammer home. Two minutes later Sutton had a consolation, a great solo effort from Tommy Wright who got away from two defenders to hammer home, but there was still time for the hosts to add a fourth courtesy of a James Dayton strike wickedly deflected giving Butler no chance. U’s drop down to 2nd place as a result, still 5 points inside the playoff places