The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ge­orge Thorpe

KEVIN Nolan tasted de­feat for the first time as Ley­ton Ori­ent’s man­ager and con­ceded it was ex­actly what they de­served.

Ben Wil­liamson bagged a dou­ble be­fore set­ting up Jamie Spencer, mak­ing his de­but af­ter sign­ing for free from Notts County in the morn­ing, to give United a first win in 2016.

Se­cond-half sub­sti­tute Ar­mand Gnan­duil­let did get Ori­ent back into pro­ceed­ings, scor­ing just four min­utes af­ter com­ing on, but it proved to be a con­so­la­tion goal.

Nolan kept the same side that won his first two games in charge and ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards they looked “flat”.

“I thought we were very sloppy,” he said. “I’ve said to the lads at this level you can­not af­ford to make mis­take af­ter mis­take be­cause you’ll get pun­ished.

“You don’t want to give a side that’s come on your turf a gift of a goal early on and that’s dis­ap­point­ing.

“I don’t think Cam­bridge won through great play, but from us not do­ing what we’ve done well in the last cou­ple of games.

“Now it’s about putting this be­hind us and look­ing for­ward as we’ve dropped out of the play-offs and now the pres­sure is back on us.”

Cam­bridge boss Shaun Derry though was de­lighted the game plan he had spent a week con­coct­ing came off.

“We came off the field against Hartle­pool last week dis­ap­pointed and stayed in the of­fice un­til 7 o’clock work­ing on a plan and it worked for us,” he said.

“We came on Tues­day night and watched Ori­ent and the place was buzzing and that caused a real dif­fi­culty. But we man­aged the game at the right times.You have to man­age the game and we played with a high press and when you look at our goals that’s where it came from.

“It was a great per­for­mance, but it’s just one and we have to back it up at home next week.”

Wil­liamson opened the scor­ing with ten min­utes gone, cap­i­tal­is­ing on a sui­ci­dal back pass from Frazer Shaw be­fore round­ing keeper Alex Cisak and fir­ing home.

Ori­ent were putting plenty of crosses into the box dur­ing the first half, but United’s de­fence and, Leon Legge in par­tic­u­lar, were up to the task.

Eight min­utes af­ter the break, Wil­liamson dou­bled United’s lead as he barged Con­nor Es­sam off the ball fairly and far too eas­ily be­fore beat­ing Cisak at the near post.

Player-boss Nolan brought on Gnan­duil­let and he made an im­me­di­ate im­pact as he stabbed the ball past Will Nor­ris af­ter a scram­ble in the six-yard-box fol­low­ing a Jobi McAnuff cor­ner.

But United soon re­stored their two-goal cush­ion as Wil­liamson breezed past Es­sam be­fore cut­ting back to Spencer, who fin­ished the move.

Chances came at a pre­mium af­ter this as Luke Berry sent a shot inches wide while at the other end Gnan­duil­let had an ef­fort blocked by a lung­ing Jack Coul­son. Nolan came on as a sub­sti­tute and had an op­por­tu­nity to score in in­jury time, but curled his shot wide.


U BEAUTY: Jimmy Spencer scores for Cam­bridge United STAR MAN BEN WIL­LIA

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idge HOLE IN ONE: Ben Wil­liamson places be­yond keeper Alex Cisak

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