Hat-trick hero Danny Johnson steals the show after an outstanding performance saw Leyton Orient cruise to a 3-0 victory over League Two newcomers Harrogate Town.
The game started slow, with Harrogate Town having the first shot at goal thanks to some lovely footwork from Jack Muldoon but his curling strike going wide.
It took 18 minutes for this match to liven up, and liven up it did after Connor Wilkinson’s beautiful lofted ball found the feet of Danny Johnson whose driven left footed strike found The O’s a goal to the good.
Leyton Orient looked to double their lead just two minutes after the restart, with 39 year old veteran Jobi McAnuff playing a first time pass to set Danny Johnson away which was perfectly intercepted by Harrogate Town centre half Connor Hall.
The Sulphurites looked to get back into the game until Jack Muldoon’s counter attack was bought to a halt by Josh Coulson who was booked for tripping up the Harrogate man.
Connor Wilkinson nearly found The O’s second after Jobi McAnuff’s short pass to the edge of the box finds Wilkinson whose beautiful finessed strike was palmed away by James Belshaw.
Leyton Orient did find their second of the game, after a flukey clearance from Josh Coulson fell into the path of Danny Johnson who powers the ball towards the top right corner to find his second of the game.
The final chance of the first half was for Leyton Orient, who were unable to find a third after James Brophy toe pokes the ball whiskers wide from 12 yards out.
Leyton Orient continued to apply pressure to the Town defence as Connor Wilkinson closes down James Belshaw and blocks the ‘keepers clearance three minutes after the restart.
The game stayed fairly quiet for 10 minutes, until George Thomson had the ball in the Orient net which was ruled out for a foul on Orient shot stopper Lawrence Vigoroux
Warren Burrell was the first to be booked for the visitors today after bringing down James Brophy just before Joe Widdowson was booked himself for dissent.
The O’s made it three after Jobi McAnuff sent in a floating cross which was nodded home by Orient top scorer Danny Johnson who was completely unmarked at the far post.
Dan Jones was next to be carded after a rash challenge on Connor Wilkinson, who has continued to impress for The O’s.
Another man who has impressed for The O’s in recent weeks is Hector Kyprianou, who makes way after a charismatic performance for experienced midfielder Josh Wright.
Leyton Orient came out on top thanks to a hat-trick hero Danny Johnson, whose tally goes up to 12 for the season in all competitions.
After this result, Leyton Orient sit in 11th and two points outside of the play offs. Harrogate Town drop down to 14th as they welcome Mansfield Town who picked up a point last night against Colchester United.
Leyton Orient get back to winning ways as they welcome Bradford City to E10 on Tuesday night after a disappointing 3-0 loss to Salford City.