Consecutive goalless draws in the football league for Leyton Orient for the first time since August 2014 as neither side are able to make their chances count.
Unfortunately, todays game didn’t start the standard way. On Friday 5th February, Simon Fellman, a legend around Leyton Orient and face of the supporters club, sadly passed away. Simon was always smiling and was always incredibly welcoming. Not only is he a huge loss to Leyton Orient, but an even bigger loss to his friends and family. Rest in peace, Simon.
The first bit of action of the game was for Leyton Orient after Dan Kemp was bought down about 35 yards out. The free kick was a floating one into the box but after a game of head tennis, Colchester United managed to get the ball clear.
A beautiful bit of trickery from Kwame Poku as he elegantly puts the ball through James Brophy’s legs but his resulting attack goes out for a corner.
Connor Wilkinson looks to get involved after receiving the ball on the far side but wins a corner for The O’s after beating his man and firing a low shot towards goal which was saved by Shamal George.
Orient agonisingly close to opening the scoring after Connor Wilkinson gets on the end of Dan Kemp’s corner but was unable to convert from three yards out.
Colchester should have had one for themselves after 18 minutes after a cross from Miles Welch-Hayes finds Frank Nouble from three yards out who header hits the underside of the bar and bounces on the line.
First booking of the game in awarded to Colchester United’s Josh Doherty after going through Conor Wilkinson on the far side.
A brilliant chance for the hosts as Conor Wilkinson was able to shield off Kwame Poku and put a good ball into the box but Tristian Abraham’s header was straight at the keeper.
Bizarrely, the Abrahams header was the last chance of the first half. Scores even at the break.
HALF TIME: LEYTON ORIENT 0-0 COLCHESTER UNITED
Neither side opted to make a change during the break as the teams came out completely unchanged.
First bit of action in the second half was a free kick for The O’s after Abrahams was again bought down, this time from 30 yards. The resulting free kick was a well weighted one but Sam Ling was couldn’t get enough contact on the ball.
Two consecutive substitutions for Leyton Orient as Jobi McAnuff and Dan Happe replaced Craig Clay and Sam Ling respectively. Dan Happe’s first game after serving his suspension following a red card against Forest Green Rovers.
Good shot from Dan Kemp who is yet to get his first goal of his Leyton Orient career after his free kick from a tight angle curled towards the side netting. A good game so far for Kemp.
First change for the visitors after Ben Stevenson replaces Noah Chilvers.
An out-swinging corner from The U’s delivered by Ex-Charlton man Callum Harriott which found Welch-Hayes but his header came off of James Brophy and out for another corner, which led to nothing.
Two brilliant shots from The O’s as Conor Wilkinson managed to skip past 5 Colchester men before his shot was spilled out by Shamal George and Nick Freeman’s following shot is also saved by the Col U keeper.
Wilkinson again found himself in a brilliant position to cut the ball into the box but opted to shoot, forcing Shamal George to make a brilliant save.
Orient really controlling the ball and finding themselves in a number of good positions but are unable to really test the opposition.
The top goalscorer for Orient is on the field after a month out due to injury as Danny Johnson replaced Dan Kemp.
A free kick in a very, very good position for Colchester United taken by Ben Stevenson was cleared by Conor Wilkinson but Callum Harriott was able to get a shot off from 25 yards out. It looked closer than it was, but nothing to trouble Vigouroux.
Another free kick, this time for The O’s with Wilkinson standing over it which is put into the box and headed just over by Adam Thompson.
Shaky at the back from Dan Happe as he looks to shield the ball off for a goal kick but is beaten by Callum Harriott who pokes the ball into the path of Vigouroux, but the O’s somehow concede a corner after Nouble looks to kick the ball out for a goal kick.
Four minutes added on for someone to find a winner as Callum Harriott fires a shot well above the bar.
Final chance of the game as Conor Wilkinson stands over a free kick from about 25 yards but fires the ball just above the bar and the referee subsequently blows for full time.
FULL TIME: LEYTON ORIENT 0-0 COLCHESTER UNITED
Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, Ling (Happe, 60′) Thompson, Akinola, Brophy, Clay (McAnuff, 58′), Cisse, Freeman, Kemp (Johnson, 77′), Wilkinson, Abrahams
Subs Unused: Sargeant, Widdowson, Dayton, Dennis.
Colchester United: George, Welch-Hayes, Doherty (Clampin, 73′), Lapslie, Smith, Harriott, Chilvers (Stevenson, 65′), Eastman, Sarpong-Wiredu, Poku (Senior, 72′), Nouble.
Subs Unused: Coulter, Sowunmi, Oteh, Brown.